Charlotte-Mecklenburg, South Carolina -A man was charged on Sunday for arson of a store owned by immigrants from Bhutan. He left a sign near the door that was supposed to lead investigators toward Trump supporters. But he forgot about surveillance cameras. Oopsie.
Police responded to the report of a fire at the Central Market store on Thursday, April 6. The fire was under control by the time police and firefighters arrived. Police noticed that a window had been broken out of the door with a rock, and that a note was left at the scene.
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The Washington Times reported,
“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,” the police department said, a local CBS News affiliate reported. “The suspect signed the letter ‘White America.’”
The note also called President Trump “our nation builder for white America.”
“We need to get rid of Muslims, Indians and all immigrants,” it read. “This is our warning. Leave the business and go back where you came from. If you don’t follow this warning then we are not responsible for the torture starting now. God Bless America … White America.”
Since nothing is ever what it seems, it turned out, after reviewing the surveillance footage, that the suspect as a black man named Curtis Flournoy, 32. He was charged on Sunday with the arson of the business and racist note.
Kamal Dhimel, the owner of the store, is from Bhutan, and became a citizen last year. He spent 20 years in a refugee camp before coming to the United States. He was shook up by the note left at the scene.
But it wasn’t what it seemed, and appears to be someone trying to once again blame Donald Trump for another hate crime.