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Man set on fire during assault

This is a press release from EPD:

Eugene Police are looking for information regarding an incident early Saturday morning, in which a man was lit on fire by an unknown assailant.

At about 3:00 Saturday morning, an adult male reported that he was walking on the sidewalk near E. Broadway and High when he heard footsteps and was bumped from behind. As he turned around, there was the sound of fire quickly igniting and he was on fire. He said he stopped, dropped and rolled. After the fire was out, he walked to the Campus Inn, 390 E. Broadway, and called out for help from an employee. He was taken to a local hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening but painful burns on his hands and face.

Police need your help in solving this crime. If anyone has information about this assault or saw the victim in the area of E. Broadway and High, they are asked to call Detective Tony Veach at 682.5172. The victim is described as a homeless 43-year-old African American male, approximately 5'7'' tall and 290 pounds