Maryland officials say two men who tried to forcibly remove a tattoo from a housemate’s arm have been charged with attempted murder and assault.
Wicomico County authorities say the 31-year-old victim was savagely beaten after an argument at a Hebron residence early Monday.
Investigators say 33-year-old Paul Martin Hurst of Hebron and 35-year-old Cary Lee Edwards of Williamsburg, Virginia, then tried to unsuccessfully carve a tattoo from the victim’s arm before dousing his arm with a flammable liquid and setting fire to it.
Authorities say the victim was in critical condition at a Baltimore burn center.
Investigators believe those involved in the incident may be affiliated with Juggalos, a cult fan base of the rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse. The FBI has labeled the Juggalos as a loosely organized gang.