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Police: Suspects Beat Hebron Man, Set His Arm on Fire

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Cary Edwards (left), Paul Hurst (right) Cary Edwards (left), Paul Hurst (right)

HEBRON, Md. – Two suspects beat a Hebron man nearly to death and set his arm on fire, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident reportedly happened Thursday shortly after 1 a.m. on the 7200 block of Rockawalkin Road.

The Sheriff's Office said Paul Martin Hurst, 33, of Hebron, and Cary Lee Edwards, 35, of Williamsburg, Va., got into an argument with Zachary Swanson, 31, of Hebron, and beat him close to the point of death.

Police said the three shared the home with others.

The suspects, Hurst and Edwards, beat Swanson and then attempted to carve a tattoo off his arm, according to investigators. Police said the suspects were unsuccessful, so they doused Swanson’s arm with a flammable liquid instead, and set it on fire.

Swanson was severely burned and taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, then later flown to a burn center in Baltimore.

Detectives with the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation, who are continuing to investigate the incident, said there is a strong possibility that those involved are affiliated with Juggalos, a cult following of the Insane Clown Posse, an American hip hop duo from Detroit. Investigators said they made the potential connection based on the tattoo on Swanson’s arm.

Hurst and Edwards are each charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and deadly weapon.

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