Man wanted in east Charlotte Indian store arson, left note signed ‘White America’

Police are looking for a man who damaged a Charlotte grocery store and left a note signed 'White America' (Photo: Christian Flores/WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A man is wanted for setting fire to an Indian grocery store in east Charlotte Thursday night in what Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are calling a hate crime.

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Police say fire was set to the Central Market, described as a Nepali Indian store, just before 10 p.m. The shop is located in the 5700 block of Albemarle Road.

A rock had been thrown through a window in the front door, burned by flames, when officers and firefighters arrived.

“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. “The suspect signed the letter ‘White America.'”

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