Man spray-painted his own garage with racist message, set own vehicles on fire
A Texas man – who spray-painted his own garage with racist graffiti that said “N—er lovers,” set his truck and motorcycle ablaze on his front lawn and used the episode of fake vandalism to collect cash from unsuspecting strangers with big hearts – has reportedly checked into a mental hospital and will be arrested for the hoax upon his release.
David Williams, 34, a resident of Denton, Texas, claimed his family was victimized by a racist hate crime on the morning of Dec. 12.
The family made a police report, and authorities launched an arson investigation and determined the incident was a hate crime, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
After the incident, Williams’ family set up a GoFundMe page to accept donations, claiming insurance wouldn’t cover the losses. The fund grew to at least $5,000.
“The kids won’t be able to have anything under the Christmas tree due to this horrible act,” the GoFundMe page stated. “Please [i]f you find it in your heart, please donate what you can to help this family of 6 out.”
David’s wife, Jenny, a mother of four, described the apparent vandalism in a blog post last week.
Jenny recalled waking up next to her husband as a neighbor banged on her front door. The neighbor told them their truck was on fire.
“We woke the children before we knew the house itself wasn’t on fire. In the middle of the night it is hard to tell the difference between smoke and steam,” she wrote. “The kids and I gathered in the living room waiting for word of all clear or evacuate.”
Soon, police and firefighters arrived at the Williams home and discovered the racial slur painted on their garage door.
“It is considered a hate crime because of what was painted on the garage door. Yes, we are white,” Jenny wrote. “It just so happens that we aren’t as racist as someone would like us to be. ”
But on Dec. 21, after a police investigation, the husband admitted to faking the whole incident.