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Man High On Bath Salts Screams 'I'm Going To Eat You!' Resists Taser & Pepper Spray

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Jul. 3 2012, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

A terrifying 'zombie cannibal' is thought to have been high on bath salts when he attacked police officers with super human strength and threatened to eat them.

Frightened golfers at a driving range in Alpharetta, Georgia, called the cops when 21-year-old Karl Laventure went on a hysterical rampage running around half-naked waving a golf club, reported

Video footage shows the crazed man being held down by several officers as he screams incoherently about God, Biggie and Tupac, and then threatens, "I'll eat you! Don't make me eat you."

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The rant is eerily similar to the notorious case of Rudy Eugene, who ate the face off a homeless man in Miami, Florida in May, while growling at the authorities when they tried to restrain him. It was strongly suspected that the 31-year-old was on bath salts, however, the Medical Examiner's office recently revealed that only marijuana was found in his system at the time of the attack.

During the latest incident, Laventure "came running at us out of the woodline," Officer Ross Hancock of the Gwinnett County Police Department told WSBTV, and when his partner blasted him with painful pepper spray. "He didn't even wipe his eyes, he just kept them open."

The lack of response called Hancock to pull out his Taser, and although Laventure initially went down, he hopped right back up again.  "We had to Tase him approximately five more times on scene to get him down. It took several officers to hold him down to get him cuffed," revealed the officer.

"He was still talking gibberish, still cussing, still saying he wanted to eat us, eat other people."

The possessed man was restrained long enough to get him to the hospital in an ambulance, but when there the insanity started again and he had to be Tasered another 14 times. He was charged with misdemeanor offenses of disorderly conduct and obstruction.

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"I've never had to encounter somebody who acted like this before, so there's no telling what they may do when they are high on this drug," explained Hancock.

As previously reported, the Drug Enforcement Agency is attempting to control the wave of dangerous synthetic drugs that go by a number of names including bath salts, K2, Spice, Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, Bliss, and Purple Rain.

"The chemicals that have been made temporarily illegal and designated Schedule 1 controlled substances are mephedron, methylone and MDPV - but they are the ingredients, not the products themselves," DEA spokesperson Barbara Carreno, told in an exclusive interview.

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"The challenge with synthetic drugs is that any good chemist can tweak their molecular structure and formula and you have a new product, which isn't illegal," she explained. "It is hard for the law to keep up with them."


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