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Gay Man Lied About Being Set On Fire

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The San Diego Police Department is investigating an alleged homophobic attack, claiming that new evidence shows the purported victim, a gay man, assaulted a woman before she set him on fire.

Last week Scott Rowin, 39, claimed to have been set on fire during a homophobic attack. Metro Weekly reached out to San Diego Police for additional details after the story first broke, but the department never responded to multiple requests for comments.

Rowin told San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV that he was set on fire by two people yelling homophobic slurs. But police claim new video evidence shows Rowin lied, and that he attacked a pregnant woman before she set him on fire as an act of self-defense.

At 10:41 p.m. on June 12, police say they received multiple calls about a man attacking a pregnant woman. Before police arrived, the suspect fled the scene, leaving the pregnant woman bleeding and suffering from numerous injuries.

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