From NBC News (WCNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina:
A hate crime is under investigation in east Charlotte.
Alex Shabad , WCNC 5:58 PM. EDT April 07, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Police in east Charlotte are actively searching for a man accused of lighting an arson fire and leaving behind a disturbing note.
Investigators tell NBC Charlotte the incident is being investigated as a hate crime. The letter threatened to torture the refugee business owner of Central Market on Albemarle Road.
CMPD investigating hate crime after arson and threatening letter signed “White America”. @wcnc
Police say the letter was signed “White America,” but the suspect is a black man.
The fire at the front door eventually burned itself out, but the letter is still fanning the flames. It references President Trump, then goes on to threaten the store owner with torture if he doesn’t “go back where he came from.”
“Scared for my life because the letter shows that warning,” says Kamal Dhimal, owner of Central Market.
Police believe the letter was signed “White America” by an African-American suspect shown in video surveillance. Investigators say he threw a brick through the door, entered the store, and set the door on fire.
In possibly related Coalition of the Fringes news from earlier this week in South Carolina, a black shoplifter was kicked around by a sword-wielding immigrant shopkeeper:
A screenshot of a bystander’s video shared to Facebook shows an employee of Andrew’s Discount Market swinging a sword at a shoplifting suspect in North Charleston.
James Johnson of the National Action Network [founded by Al Sharpton] stood flanked by relatives of a shoplifting suspect Monday, then pointed behind him toward a convenience store and told reporters the business’s employees need to “go back to their country.”
The civil rights leader’s comments came during a news conference he organized to address a cellphone video from Andrew’s Discount Market. The recording shows its employees hitting the suspect with a sword and pushing him around the store.
Johnson, who is black, referred to employees of the North Charleston store as “Arab” and “foreigner” and questioned if they are in the country legally.
“We want (the store owner) out of our community completely. We want him gone out of the community,” Johnson, the state president of NAN, said near the Dorchester Road business. “They need to go back to their country where their laws are different from our laws.”
Tyrone Deon Mazyck, 38, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after the March 29 incident. The owner of the convenience store said Mazyck threatened and fought with three employees after trying to steal incense.
Who among us hasn’t been overwhelmed by the urge to have some incense right now?
The store’s owner, who identified himself only as Alex, said Mazyck started the altercation by pushing the clerks and cutting them with a knife.
Seriously, what’s the deal with incense? Why do discount markets carry incense? I’ve gone through life assuming that if I really needed to obtain some incense I’d have to find a passing Magi, or at least a Roman Catholic Church supply warehouse.
And you know what? I was okay with that.
Is it some new quasi-legal drug thing?