Evelyn Duenas Cangco told authorities in March that a man set her on fire in San Antonio. The Federal Bureau of Investigation later found out that she actually burned herself.
The U. S. government charged the 48-year-old Cangco in federal court yesterday with giving a false statement to the FBI.
Assistant U.S. attorney Rami S. Badawy stated in court papers that during a criminal witness tampering investigation on April 2, 2013, Cangco told FBI special agents that she had just exited the San Antonio Market on March 26, 2013, and was getting into her vehicle that was parked in front of the store when an unknown Chinese man pushed her.
Cangco stated that the man then doused her back with gasoline before lighting her on fire with a cigarette lighter.
“The statements and representations were false because, as defendant Evelyn Duenas Cangco then and there knew, she had in fact doused herself with gasoline and lit herself on fire,” Badawy said.
According to police investigation, employees of San Antonio Market extinguished the fire on Cangco as well as on her vehicle.
Police at that time said that Cangco was admitted to the Commonwealth Health Center for second-degree burns on both hands and her entire back.
Police said patrol officers were dispatched at 9:09pm to a reported vehicle on fire at the San Antonio Market. Fire rescue and medics also responded to the scene.
Preliminary investigation conducted by patrol officer Myron Laniyo showed that Cangco ran into the store, screaming for help.
Store employees said the victim had no shirt on and was only wearing a bra and that her pants were on fire. The employees immediately extinguished the flames and called 911 for police assistance.