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Store owner charged with filing false report after alleging anti-gay attack

Monday, December 30, 2013

PARIS, Tenn. — The owner of a health food store in Tennessee, who said last month that he had been robbed and beaten in an anti-gay attack, has been arrested and charged with filing a false police report after he allegedly withheld information about the incident.

Healthy-ThymeJoe Williams, 32, owner of Healthy Thyme in Paris, Tenn., told police last month that he was beaten unconscious on Nov. 20 by three men who used anti-gay slurs before robbing him and writing “fag” across his forehead.

Williams told officers he was hit until he lost consciousness, and when he woke up, he said that he saw the men pouring gasoline near the front of the building.

He said his attackers got away with $1,200 and caused about $5,500 in damage.

But 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, reported the Paris Post-Intelligencer.

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.”

At the time of the attack, Williams told police that a man had come to the business earlier that day and asked him about his sexual “preference.”

He said the man told him he could not shop at the store if he was homosexual.

Williams is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 7.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. Where is the store located What city and state

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 4:34pm
  2. Sure doesn’t help the cause any. Could he have done it for insurance?

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 4:34pm
  3. That's what I was thinking.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:52am
  4. The store is in Paris, Tennessee. This stuff really needs to stop. Were proving to be lower than the opposition if this continues. That’s why I’m so skeptical as to what to believe on this page anymore. Everything is reported before the facts were brought in. And as usual, people are getting very upset over something that never actually happened.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 4:37pm
  5. Really…. as in all groups we have good and bad… we do not condone anyone giving false reports of abuse … It does us NO GOOD!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 4:55pm
  6. The guy makes his living marketing placebos to the gullible. I guess the cops just proved to be a more critical audience than he’s used to.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 4:56pm
  7. everything wwe have come to expect from Tenn

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 5:03pm
  8. This is the story reported from Tennessee. Corrupt cops are calling it a false report.
    http://revolution-news.com/victim-brutal-anti-gay-hate-crime-faces-torment-police-tennessee/

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 5:26pm
  9. your "revolution news" story is a completely biased report by an obvious activist, and cites absolutely no one in its pathetic allegations, such as the cops and the judge are known to enjoy cocaine together.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 6:00pm
  10. Maybe. I just know this story is big in my state of Tennessee. People are concerned.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 6:01pm
  11. This is like the 3rd or 4th story that’s a “false” anti-gay attack or incident…so what, now the LGTB community are liars or just another claim by the Christian Right that we are?! The civil rights we’ve gained can be lost far easier than they were achieved! Be smarter than the IDIOTS…

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 5:27pm
  12. not the entire community... perhaps just this guy.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 6:01pm
  13. I think what he meant was that it's individuals like these that the opposing side will gravitate towards in order to paint a bad picture of the entire community yet again with new ammunition. To be fair, the anti-groups have done a lot worse more recently, such as attempting to paint trans-kids as sexual perverts and predators. Where did they get such an idea? Well they made it up of course, all the while making false accusations against one real child to drive their concept home.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:24pm
  14. Amber, oh I totally agree with you. I've gotten into the whole Christian Right's homophobic and racist agenda since the Phil Robertson BS. Invalidate the anti-gay attacks and they invalidate the "gay" part of it...

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:16pm
  15. Randy, the Christian Right won't call one LGTB person a liar...they label the entire community :(

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:27pm
  16. Tennessee yet again proves it hosts an insane number of idiots and jerks. Time for better education and morals, since Bible School isn’t cutting the mustard.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 5:28pm
  17. WOW another one SMDH. Seriously this does not help us in the least it just harms us and pushes everything we are fighting for and have fought hard for..

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:56pm
  18. Remember this man is innocent until proven guilty. Also, they are not checking out any other parts of the story because they doubt it is true – or perhaps they want him to be guilty!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:06pm
  19. If he was beaten into unconsciousness I would not be at all surprised to hear there were discrepancies in his story. That’s what often happens with brain injuries.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:12pm
  20. This article says nothing other than the police are unsure or his story. Hopefully they are still investigating properly while also considering him instead of jumping to the whole thing is a set up. He is innocent until proven guilty and as far as I’m concerned is still a victim requiring service from the police until proven otherwise. If it was a lie, it is very sad but should not reflect the entire lgbt community.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:13am
  21. Don’t we gays look the idiots now….he should be boycotted by us for the embarrassment!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 11:57am
  22. Him and that waitress should start a business

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:15pm