A young Salt Lake City, Utah man 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, and it doesn’t stop 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.”
Rick Jones, 22 stayed late to finish up the paperwork at the Grand Central Station Pizzeria in Delta, Utah.that his family owns and he manages.
“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.”
“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. Rick 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 and the weekend of the Utah Pride Festival a Molotav cocktail thrown through his bedroom window and, “You’ll Die. Burn Fag” spray-painted on the house.
And the Millard County Sheriff’s Office has no leads as to who is behind this horrible abuse and harassment of Rick Jones.
On June 11 the Sheriff’s office sent out a press release appealing to the community to help find the perpetrators.
“These crimes are the latest in a string of crimes perpetrated against the owners of this local business. The Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating several different leads in these cases. There is a reward available to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of these crimes. Also we would like to encourage all citizens to report any suspicious persons or circumstance to the Sheriff’s Office dispatch immediately.”
Meanwhile Rick Jones and his family live in fear.