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Police say guard lied about attack

BRASELTON - A Lilburn security guard finds himself behind bars for spinning an elaborate lie for police about a late-night attack at Chateau Elan Estates that never happened, officials said.

Police arrested Michael James Williamson, 53, on Monday after an analysis by the state's top medical examiner showed wounds he claimed to have suffered in the attack were self-inflicted, police said.

Williamson inflicted the superficial wounds - cuts to his forearms, hand and a small "puncture" to his torso - with an unraveled clothes hanger, Braselton police Sgt. J.D. Gille said.

Williamson is charged with false report of a crime and false statements to a police officer. He remained in jail Tuesday on $8,100 bond.

Police said Williamson denies any wrongdoing. They have no idea why he allegedly tried to pull off the faux attack.

"Unfortunately, even by being confronted by the (medical examiner's) evidence, he kept on denying that he made that (story) up," Gille said.

The suspect, who worked the night shift, told police on July 27 he was attacked from behind and stabbed by an unseen assailant as he manned a guard shack at Chateau Elan Estates, a gated community surrounding a 63-hole golf course.

Williamson said his assailant tried to choke him with a wire, and only after a long fight was he able to scare the attacker away, Gille said. Williamson was transported from the scene to Gwinnett Medical Center for treatment.

Gille found overturned furniture and other signs of a struggle at the scene, but he "noticed there was something amiss," he said.

The suspect's story didn't seem to jive with his wounds, Gille said.

Williamson is employed by AlliedBarton, a nationwide security services company, according to Gwinnett County Jail records. Gille said he'd been working in Braselton only eight days when the incident occurred.

No one at Williamson's home address could be reached for comment Tuesday.

Though loose ends remain, Gille said the arrest has helped to calm the nerves of nearby residents.

"This investigation worried the neighbors that someone was on the lose," Gille said. "I wish I knew why he did this. There are a lot of questions still unanswered."