Man Assaulted, Set on Fire in NW DC: Police

Editor's Note: This story has been updated from a previous version that said the man is homeless. Police said they cannot confirm at this time if he is homeless.

A man found suffering from third-degree burns Sunday told police he was set on fire the night before, according to a police report.

The man told D.C. police he was drinking with friends in an alley at 14th Street and Otis Place NW about 11 p.m. Saturday.

After drinking, he left the alley and proceeded to head home when he was approached from behind by two men, the police report said. He said the men asked him for his cash and when he told them he didn't have any, they hit him, causing him to fall face-down onto the ground.

According to the report, while the man was lying on the ground, he was set on fire. He told police he didn't seek medical attention at the time because "he just took off his burned jacket and threw it in a trashcan."

On Sunday, D.C. Fire and EMS received a call about 1:15 p.m. about a man who appeared to be suffering from burn injuries on 14th Street and Spring Road NW. The man was described as homeless, a spokesperson for the fire department said; however, police later said they could not confirm that.

The man was taken to the hospital with third-degree burns to his back. He is in fair condition, the police report said.

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