NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A parolee was arrested after an assault at an east Nashville gas station left a man with possible permanent injuries.
A police affidavit said the incident was captured on surveillance video at the Z-Mart on Dickerson Pike early Sunday morning.
Police said 28-year-old William Massey was standing in line holding a beer when the victim asked “Where’s the party at?” Massey, who did not know the victim, then allegedly made a gay slur. The victim, who is gay, then tried to ask Massey about it, and Massey said he did.
After leaving the store, the affidavit said Massey came back inside with a friend and the two of them began punching the victim in the head and face.
The affidavit said the victim lost consciousness during the attack. He suffered a laceration to his face that required 13 stitches and will likely leave a permanent scar, according to police.
Police reviewed the surveillance video, and recognized Massey, who is a parolee. They brought in his parole officer, who viewed the video and recognized Massey’s face and the fact that he was wearing the same black and white sweater he had worn to several parole appointments.
The second suspect has not yet been identified. Police said he was described as a black male in his mid-20s, around five-feet-nine-inches tall.
He was said to be driving a gold Chevrolet Avalanche.
Massey was charged with aggravated assault. He was later released on $7,500 bond. A parole violation warrant was also issued against him.
Massey’s criminal history includes previous arrests for aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, and drug offenses.