ST. GEORGE – St. George Police officers responded to a rather unusual call Thursday when a hitchhiker passing through St. George reported he had been held at gunpoint by an interesting mix of perpetrators.
The hitchhiker was a Caucasian man who started his journey in the Midwest, St. George Police Sgt. Dave Williams said. He told officers he was held at gunpoint by a white supremacist, a large black man and another non-Caucasian man, Williams said.
While it sounds like a setup for a bad joke, the man stuck to his claim – though his story began unraveling as officers spoke with him.
“He made some claims that could not be substantiated,” Williams said. “His story changed a lot, and (he) couldn’t even provide us (information about) where it happened. Too many inconsistencies with his story.”
The man, who had spent the previous night in Cedar City, Williams said, originally told officers the incident happened Wednesday, but he wasn’t able to tell them where it occurred.
“(He) wasn’t even sure it happened in this state,” Williams said.
The man was in St. George on a kind of layover, waiting for a shuttle to arrive and take him to his next destination. He seemed fine and didn’t appear very concerned about the alleged incident, Williams said.
The officers ultimately found the man’s claims to be unfounded. The man caught his shuttle and went on his way.
“For us, it’s not that bizarre,” Williams said.
“Unfortunately, it’s not too outside the norm of what we hear every day,” he added.
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