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Charlotte man hurls death threat, racial slurs at Asian Market employees after being caught stealing

  • Robert Cooke of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been arrested for allegedly hurling racial remarks and threatening employees at Asian Market on Monday.
  • Surveillance footage shows Cooke purportedly trying to take a razor and cotton swabs from the grocery store, according to an arrest report.
  • “You know, this is a misdemeanor and when I get out in a couple of hours. I am going to come back and kill you Asians and break these windows,” Cooke can be heard saying to the employees who tried stopping him from leaving the store.
  • Cooke was also reportedly accused of using xenophobic remarks, telling the employees to go back to their country.
  • He was taken to Mecklenburg County Jail and charged with ethnic intimidation and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

A man has been arrested for allegedly threatening employees and hurling racial remarks at an Asian grocery store in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday.

Surveillance footage shows the man, whom authorities identified as Robert Cooke, purportedly trying to take a razor and cotton swabs from Asian Market, according to an arrest report. He yelled threats and racial slurs at the employees who tried to stop him from leaving the store, WSOC-TV reported.