Crime

Two Men Allegedly Carved A Tattoo Out Of Their Roommate's Arm, Set Him On Fire

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Maryland man’s two roommates allegedly brutally beat him, unsuccessfully carved an Insane Clown Posse tattoo from his arm and then lit him on fire.

Zachary Swanson, 31, was airlifted to a Baltimore burn unit Monday where he remains in critical condition with “extensive” injuries on his body, Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said in a statement. Lewis described the attack as a "very, very brutal, brutal crime. No question about it."

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After an argument early Monday, his roommates Paul Hurst, 33, and Cary Edwards, 35, allegedly tried to remove a tattoo from his arm associated with the comedy-horror rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse (ICP).

Fans of the group refer to themselves as “Juggalos,” which the FBI designates as a “loosely organized gang” that instigates criminal activity.

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After allegedly beating Swanson, dousing him in flammable liquid and burning him, Hurst and Edwards were caught after they dropped him off at a Salisbury hospital at 6:50 a.m. Monday.

"It doesn't make much sense to beat a man and drive him to the hospital," Lewis said.

Hurst and Edwards are facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a deadly weapon.

ICP disputes the FBI’s characterization of their fans and plans to appeal a federal court ruling that threw out their discrimination complaint.

The documentary spoof “March of the Juggalos” posted to YouTube on July 28 already has more than 400,000 views.

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Sources: Delmarva Now, Daily Mail

Image screenshot: YouTube