DELTA — Suspected hate crimes against a Delta man who said he was attacked for being gay were actually staged by him, police confirmed Tuesday.
The man's attorney called his actions a "cry for help."
Rick Jones, 22, reported he was attacked in April while he was working at the Grand Central Station restaurant, which is run by his family. Jones said a gay slur was carved into his arm after he was knocked unconscious and beaten. The attacker also got away with $1,400 from the business' safe, Jones said at the time.
But Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker said Tuesday that the assorted crimes were all faked by Jones.