DELTA, Utah — A young man in Delta, Utah, alleges he was robbed, had “Die Fag” carved into his arm with a knife, and was forced to drink bleach on a Saturday night in late April, but the story doesn’t end there.
Five days later, the words “Die Fag” were spray-painted on his and his family’s house. And this week, a Molotov cocktail was thrown through his window and his house was spray-painted again, this time with “You’ll Die. Burn Fag.”
Millard County police are having a hard time finding suspects, because the young man, his family and their pizzeria have no known enemies. Everyone loves them.
“Working through this has been a roller coaster,” Rick Jones, 22, of Grand Central Pizzeria and Grill in Delta, Utah said in an interview.
After business close on Saturday, April 25, Jones was staying late to finish up the paperwork for the Grand Central Station Pizzeria in Delta, Utah. He and his sisters and other family own and manage the restaurant.
“I went out to take out the trash, and when I came back in, I thought it was strange that I didn’t hear the door close,” he said. “I turned around to shut the door, and someone grabbed me by the head and slammed me to the wall.”
What happens next, Jones is unsure because he had passed out.
Article continues below“I remember waking up and I was lying on the floor,” he said. “Someone was on my chest and legs and they were trying to force me to drink bleach.”
He woke up again as medical teams were considering life-flighting him to Salt Lake City, but he regained consciousness. He had lacerations — the words “Die Fag” cut into his arm — and a concussion. They attended to his wounds, held him overnight and released him. The following Thursday morning, April 30, Jones and his family woke up to the same “Die Fag” words spray-painted on their garage door.