2015.06.30 – UT: Triple Hoax – Rick Jones admits to vandalism, injuries originally reported as anti-gay attack; donations returned
Jones, 21, had claimed three separate attacks in April and June of physical violence, burglary and vandalism on himself, his family’s home and the pizzeria he runs with his siblings.
Early news reports about the violence and homophobic slurs and threats sparked an international media firestorm and drew hundreds to tiny Delta, 135 miles south of Salt Lake City, to aid the Jones family.
The admission that Jones perpetrated the crimes does not end the police investigation, Dekker said, but changes its focus. Authorities are now considering whether Jones should face any criminal charges, Dekker said.