A hate crime directed at an Asian who legally immigrated here is being investigated by police in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Clip via WBTV
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking for assistance in identifying a man who broke a front door window at a Nepali Indian grocery store late Thursday night and set a small fire.
When police and firefighters arrived, they discovered something else the arsonist left behind.
“A note was also left at the scene near the door that stated the suspect did not want any refugee business owners and that they would torture the owner if they did not leave and go back to where they came from,” CMPD said, according to local CBS affiliate WBTV-3 News. “The suspect signed the letter ‘White America.'”
But it’s clear from surveillance footage taken at the scene that perpetrator is African-American, suggesting that maybe he engaged in a twofer hate crime — one against immigrants and the second against “white America.”
The long, rambling note even threatens store owner Kamal Dhimal with torture.
Dhimal came to the United States in 2010 from the Kingdom of Bhutan, which is located in the Eastern Himalayas. He became an American citizen last year.
“It’s painful because they attacked us. So I don’t know how we can go,” Dhimal said. “They are backward. They are afraid.”
Dhimal, who resided in refugee camps for 20 years before coming here, although he’s shaken that he’s not going anywhere.
“Too many people have helped me, and I gotta be strong to continue doing business in this country,” he told the station.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted this request for information on the crime.
Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this suspect who is wanted for Arson at the Central Market business. pic.twitter.com/eKKq3yEjzW
— CMPD News (@CMPD) April 7, 2017
CMPD describe the suspect as a black male, approximately 5’8″ and 200 pounds, with a short afro and goatee. He was wearing a gray hoodie under a black coat, light jeans and black shoes at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information that may lead to his arrest is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
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