A 32-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with a hate crime, attempted murder, robbery, and battery after stabbing a man he believed to be gay and telling police he is “incredibly homophobic.”
Dontay Gray reportedly purchased a knife one hour before he followed a man he believed was gay after the man left a convenience store.
The arrest report reportedly stated that the man was initially at the store with another man and both felt “incredibly creeped out” when they noticed Gray staring at them. The victim then went back inside the store to buy some items he forgot, and when he left again to walk home, Gray began to follow him.
The victim then turned to Gray and asked, “Can I help you?” Gray then pulled out the knife and stabbed him in the stomach.
The victim survived, and Gray was arrested after surveillance footage helped police track him down. Gray confessed to the crime and said he “was planning on killing both of them multiple times,” according to police.
Gray also used anti-LGBTQ slurs and told police he is “incredibly homophobic” and “was going to get retaliation and kill a homosexual.”
He also threatened that if he was released, “he would go kill other gay people,” the arrest report stated.
Gray also told police he has been to prison twice and is on parole from California.
He is currently being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.