The heartwarming story of a homeless man whose “golden voice” may be his ticket off the streets just took an odd turn.
It turns out that the homeless man, whose name is Ted Williams, has a length criminal history. The convicted felon has spent quite some time in prison for theft, robbery, escape, forgery, and drug possession. His rap sheet goes back more than two decades, his last run-in with the law coming in July 2010.
The Smoking Gun details that last run-in:
The convicted felon’s speedy rise to fame is not sitting well with one Columbus businessman who called cops on Williams and a female companion in early-July. The man, a manager at National Tire & Battery, told cops that Williams and the woman were “refusing to leave the business property” and had become an “ongoing problem” for the business, according to a police report.
While Williams begged customers for money, the woman “gets picked up and dropped off in the parking lot by various and numerous males in different vehicles. The management had repeatedly asked the two suspects to stay off the property and have been cussed and yelled at by the suspects for their effort.”
Cops warned Williams and his companion that they would be arrested if they returned to the property. The businessman, who only wanted to be identified as Dan, told TSG that Williams’s newfound notoriety had left him a “little aggravated.” The man said that he had seen Williams urinate in front of the business, and watched recently as he and his female friend stripped to their underwear as they changed into dry clothes during a rainstorm.
It has also been reported that Williams would steal items from vehicles parked in the Lowes parking lot, which shares a shopping center with National Tire & Battery.
What a disappointing development.