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TX - Homeless Man Set on Fire -Caught on Tape
"CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Police asked local TV stations to air a surveillance video showing a homeless man who was set ablaze flailing his arms and running in a circle as he tried to extinguish the flames.
Police were looking for up to eight men who participated in the attack outside an agency that helps the homeless. The victim, Lucas Adama Wiser, 21, was sleeping on a bench when he was set on fire Tuesday, and remained hospitalized Thursday with third-degree burns.
"I don't know if this was a joke that they thought they were playing on somebody or what their mindset was, but it was a pretty sick joke," Police Lt. Rocky Vipond said. "We're hoping someone might recognize that vehicle and possibly the group of guys."
The surveillance video at Corpus Christi Metro Ministries showed a dark sport utility vehicle and a smaller vehicle pulling up to Wiser and setting him on fire.
Police could not identify license plate numbers from the video.
The Rev. Robert Trache, director of Metro Ministries, said the incident was at least the third targeting homeless people in a 24-hour period. He said one person was dragged along the street, and another was beaten with a belt buckle. Both incidents involved groups of young people. "Just my opinion
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