Shop Owner Arrested for Faking Hate Crime, Claiming He Was Marked with Gay Slur

Shop Owner Arrested for Faking Hate Crime, Claiming He Was Marked with Gay Slur

A Tennessee shop owner was taken into custody when his story about being attacked because he was gay fell apart:

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A man who told police he had been robbed and beaten at a Paris health food store a few days before Thanksgiving was arrested after he allegedly withheld information about the incident and has now been charged with filing a false report.

Joe Williams, 32, of 803 E. Wood St. was arrested Friday afternoon after turning himself in at the Henry County jail.

Williams originally told officers he had been beaten and robbed Nov. 20 at Healthy Thyme, which is at the same address as Williams’ home. There was also a fire, and Williams had a homosexual slur written on his forehead.

Officers later found inconsistencies in Williams’ story. Paris Police Sgt. Ricky Watson said Williams failed to bring up certain facts known to investigators on three different occasions.

“He was given three opportunities to disclose that information, and he chose not to,” Watson said.

That leaves investigators trying to determine how much of Williams’ story might have been true.

“We’ve not been able to verify or dispel any of the statements made about the actual robbery or fire,” Watson said. “We’re looking into Mister Williams, and we’re looking into whether it did or did not happen.”

There’s some psychological problems with people who fake this kind of thing. I’m not going to say these attacks never happen, because they do. I just don’t understand the motivation to fake something like this. Is it a need for attention, or do they think they are helping a cause? What is it?

Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit

Duane Lester

Duane Lester is co-founder of All American Blogger, and the primary writer. Following graduation, Duane entered the United States Navy as a journalist. He spent five years touring the world, reporting on local news and sports. Following his enlistment, Duane spent almost 10 years working with adjudicated youth in residential treatment environments. Duane discovered politics after September 11. He credits Erich "Mancow" Muller for opening his eyes to his conservative beliefs. Since then, Duane has devoured books and literature on politics, reading everything he can from Adam Smith to Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell. He refers to his style of politics as "conserva-tarian", a mixture of conservative and libertarian beliefs.

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