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Nov 4, 2013 4:10 PM by AP

BRPD: 5 teens beat man unconscious, set him afire

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 37-year-old man has been hospitalized after he was attacked and set on fire over the weekend, allegedly by a group of teens.

WAFB-TV reports Baton Rouge Police were called to a hospital around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and the victim told officers a group of teenagers jumped him as he walked through an alley.

Capt. Don Coppola says the victim told investigators one of the juveniles asked for a cigarette, and when he said he didn't have one, the teens beat him unconscious. Investigators say the teens allegedly stole some change from his pocket and a cigarette lighter.

The victim says he awoke to find his pants on fire. He extinguished the fire and got help.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 225-344-7867.

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