Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Curtis Flournoy (32), after seeing surveillance video footage taken outside Central Market -- a store owned by a Nepali Indian -- in east Charlotte. Flournoy, a black North Carolina man, was charged Sunday for allegedly setting a fire at the immigrant-owned grocery store. He is also alleged to have left behind a pro-President Trump note signed “White America.”
 
Prosecutors alleged that Flournoy broke a window in the front door of the store and threw in a flaming object. “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, according to local CBS News affiliate. “The suspect signed the letter ‘White America.’”
 
The note read that President Trump is  “our nation builder for white America.” The note went on to say: 
 
“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.”
 
According to local reports, Flournoy has been arrested at least five times in the past.


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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