Police: Man accused of sexually assaulting woman with Lupus

Timothy Gibson (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police have charged a Nashville man with two counts of aggravated rape for an alleged assault on a woman who suffers from Lupus.

According to a release, Timothy Gibson allegedly walked up to the 55-year-old victim as she was leaving the Walmart located at the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Harding Place.

Police said Gibson was actually in the checkout line behind the woman and is believed to have noticed her curled fingers, which is caused by Lupus, before he rushed to assist her with her purchases.

The woman initially declined Gibson’s request for help, police said, but he reportedly insisted on carrying her shopping bags and walking to her nearby apartment.

Once at the apartment, the woman thanked Gibson and asked him to leave.

Police said Gibson reportedly refused and told the alleged victim he had nowhere to go and he was hungry.

The woman offered Gibson food and allowed him to sleep on her couch.

During the night, the 26-year-old man is alleged to have sexually assaulted the woman during the night and stole her computer and purse before leaving.

Police used surveillance video from Walmart to help identify Gibson as the suspect in the case.

He was taken into custody at his apartment, which is the same complex the victim lives. Police have since recovered the woman’s computer.

Gibson was also charged in a Peeping Tom case in 2011. Detectives are now asking for anyone who may recognize Gibson as being involved in any suspicious activity in neighborhoods to call 615-862-7540.

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