Earlier this month, a Texas man caused a lot of hullabaloo when he claimed that people from the “Black Lives Matter” movement spray-painted anti-police sentiments on his truck and slashed his seats.
However, new information reveals that the man, Scott Lattin, vandalized his truck himself, Huffington Post reports. He has since been arrested and charged with making a false police report.
Lattin had claimed that he was the victim of vandalism because his family supports the police. Footage of the Lattin’s home shows a house penned in by a white picket fence decorated with blue and white ribbons. Also, painted on the back of Lattin’s truck was the saying, “Police lives matter,” written in commemoration of fallen Deputy Darren Goforth who was gunned down in Houston last month.
Lattin told Fox News that he found the car torn to shreds with $5,000 worth of damage done to it. He also told them that the vandals had ripped out his glove box and slashed his seats. Sharing this last bit of information might have led to Lattin’s downfall, however, because police hadn’t seen any of the aforementioned damage when Lattin initially filed the police report.
“When we looked at those two videos,” said Police Chief Chris Bentley, “there were some differences in those and that led us to take the investigation into a different direction.”
The chief described the incident as “very disturbing” and asked supporters to stop sending the Lattin family money through the GoFundMe account that Lattin had set up. The page has since been taken down, but reportedly reached nearly $6,000 in donations.
Lattin denied the allegations and yelled, “absolutely not true!” when he was arrested. But, according to an arrest affidavit, Lattin later admitted to vandalizing his own truck to get the insurance money.