Did he ‘misremember’ this as well? New doubts arise over Brian Williams’ story about being mugged at gunpoint in his quiet childhood suburb where kids used to ‘walk the streets alone at night’.

Daily Mail – An old story often repeated by Brian Williams about his bravery growing up in a quiet New Jersey suburb is being questioned by local residents in the light of his admission that he lied about taking enemy fire in Iraq.

Williams announced on Saturday that he is temporarily stepping down from the NBC Nightly News amid questions about his false memories of war coverage in 2003, calling it ‘painfully apparent’ that he has become a distracting news story.

Since apologizing over his exaggerated claims on Wednesday, questions have been raised about several previous claims by Williams including that he saw a body in the Hurricane Katrina floodwaters that hit New Orleans in 2005.

Now local residents in the sleepy New Jersey suburb of Red Bank are the latest to question his credibility over a story he told Esquire magazine in 2005 about being mugged at gunpoint during the 1970s.

Williams recalls being left ‘looking up at a thug’s snub-nosed .38 while selling Christmas trees out of the back of a truck.’

According to his story he was trying to help a local church when the thief grabbed his money.

‘That wasn’t a bad job, until a guy came up and stuck a .38-caliber pistol in my face and made me hand over all the money. Merry Christmas, right? Of course, I suddenly appreciated the other jobs I thought I hated,’ Williams recalled when he told New Jersey Monthly in 2008.

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