Possible Hate Crime Victim Speaks Out Against Alleged Attacker

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Possible Hate Crime Victim Speaks Out Against Alleged Attacker

CREATED Jun 5, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man claiming to be the victim of a hate crime has spoken out against his alleged attacker.

Antwan, the alleged victim who did not wish to reveal his full name, said he is concerned for his safety after his alleged attacker was released from jail.

"It's kind of scary because if he can do this to me what else could you do? To a random person? Just because I asked you a question,” he said.

The alleged confrontation happened last month inside this Z-Mart on Dickerson Pike.

Antwan, age 33, said he was simply trying to make conversation with 28 year-old William Massey. Antwan said Massey signaled this guy who was waiting outside the Z-Mart, to come in and the two allegedly attacked him and then left.

“I had blood all over my blue jeans, on my shirt and, it was a bloody mess," he said.

Four days later, Massey was arrested but was able to bond out the very same day, even though he's on parole with a lengthy violent criminal history, including an aggravated assault conviction.

Chris Sanders with the Tennessee Equality Project is now helping to bring Massey to justice. He said they'll start with social media

“We'll use social media, we have a very extensive social media reach. We will let the Department of Justice know about this particular case if they don't already,” said Sanders.

Metro Police have not been able to second man involved in the attack. If you know anything about this case call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.