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UPDATED: Man Who Police Say Burned Own Prosthetic Leg Is Arrested

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Las Cruces man was sought on warrant for making a false report

A Las Cruces man who investigators say set his prosthetic leg on fire with a pocketed crack pipe has been arrested.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 47-year-old Randy Malone on Sunday at his home after the man’s brothers tipped investigators.

Malone was being sought on a warrant for making a false report.

Sheriff’s deputies found Malone naked along U.S. 70 with his prosthetic right leg in flames on July 5. He was treated for burns to his right leg, back and buttocks. He said his prosthetic leg was set on fire by friends after he lost a drinking bet.

A witness subsequently told authorities he had agreed to give Malone a ride into Las Cruces, but dropped Malone off after the passenger lit a crack pipe inside the vehicle.

 


 

Monday, 19 July 2010 14:32

 

Dona Ana County authorities are seeking a Las Cruces-area man who told police his prosthetic leg was set on fire by friends after he lost a drinking bet.

Investigators now say 47-year-old Randy Malone is wanted on a warrant for making a false report.

Sheriff’s deputies found Malone naked along U.S. 70 with his prosthetic right leg in flames on July 5. He was treated for burns to his right leg, back and buttocks.

Investigators said they continued to examine the case after a witness told authorities Friday that he had agreed to give Malone a ride into Las Cruces, but dropped Malone off after the passenger lit a crack pipe inside the vehicle.

 


 

Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00

 

A 47-year-old Dona Ana County man has been released from a Texas burn center. He was injured last weekend after a drinking game left him nude on the side of the highway with his prosthetic leg in flames. Sheriff’s deputies learned that the victim and friends were drinking and had made a bet that whoever drank the least would be set on fire, according to a news release.

The victim told investigators that since he drank only six beers, the least amount, he agreed to let his friends set him on fire.

Sheriff’s investigators say they opened a criminal case on Thursday to determine if the friends should be charged even though the man agreed to be lit on fire. Sheriff’s investigator Bo Nevarez says a person can’t consent to an aggravated battery.

The men may have been drinking to celebrate the victim’s release from probation for a 2007 drunken driving, burglary and auto theft conviction.

 

 

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