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Friday, July 30, 2010

Truth Is Stranger than Fiction 2010.15: Naked, One-Legged Man Arrested

Naked one-legged burning man arrested for fibbing

Sun-News Report
07/29/2010 12:05:27 AM MDT

LAS CRUCES - The man who investigators say set his own prosthetic leg aflame with a crack pipe has been arrested.

Randy Malone, 47, was arrested by Do-a Ana County sheriff's deputies Sunday at his home after the man's brothers tipped off authorities to his location.

Deputies found Malone lying on the couch, tending to his injuries - burns that he originally reported were the result of losing a drinking bet.

Malone was found at the overpass at Del Rey Boulevard on July 5, naked and suffering severe burns to his lower back, buttocks and right leg, including a prosthetic limb.

Malone initially reported to Las Cruces police that a group of friends set him on fire, as the consequence of losing a bet in a drinking game. Malone also said friends started to transport him to the hospital but panicked and dropped him off alongside the highway.

He was charged July 19 with two counts of making a false report to officers - misdemeanors that carry a penalty of up to a $500 fine, 90 days in jail or both.

A witness reportedly agreed to give Malone a ride into Las Cruces on July 5, after he "approached the witness alone and in a physical condition that did not arouse the suspicion of the witness," according to the sheriff's department. Sheriff's investigator Bo Nevarez has said that Malone then pulled out a crack pipe and lit it up. The upset driver forced Malone to get out of the vehicle, and Malone reportedly put the pipe in his pocket.

Nevarez said no charges will result from the claim that Malone possessed drugs. He said the witness was credible, but authorities didn't find any narcotics in Malone's possession.

Deputies served the warrant Sunday but did not take him to the detention center because he would have likely been referred from the jail to the hospital.

Malone, walking with the aid of a walker, appeared unfazed by the arrest, according to Nevarez.

Malone will be summoned into court at a later date by the Magistrate Court.

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