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Assault Suspect Claims to be Vampire

Bela Lugosi as Dracula 1931
AP
A 20-year-old Albertville man charged with burning a "V" into the face of a teenager has told police in Gadsden he believes he is a vampire.

Evan Francis Brown was arrested on a warrant for second-degree assault, a felony. Police say in October Brown heated a fork or a spoon on the stove and used it to burn a "V" into a 17-year-old's forehead. He allegedly tied the teen up, tricking him into believing they were playing a game.

Police say the teenager also had cigarette burns on his face and arms and had been beaten.

The Gadsden Times reports that Brown has told authorities his religious belief is Satanism and he is known by the nickname, "Vamp."

Gadsden Police detective Mike Hooks called Brown "a want-to-be vampire."