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A man vandalized a convenience store while yelling anti-Asian profanity in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week. 

The store’s security footage shows a man holding a metal post, slamming a rack onto the ground, and bashing the glass refrigerator doors.

Plaza Sundries is a convenience store owned by a Korean couple. 

The suspect, 24-year-old Xavier Rashee Woody-Silas, was arrested by a private security company before going into police custody.

Woody-Silas was charged with disorderly conduct, felony robbery, injury to personal property, and multiple other charges.

Grace Lee Sung is the store owner’s daughter-in-law and said her husband received a phone call and acted fast.

“My husband’s parents get spit on, stolen from, threatened, and verbally AND physically attacked on a daily basis,” Lee Sung wrote. “Filing police reports are part of the daily routine at their store in the public transit.”

A Go Fund Me page for the convenience store has raised more than $40,000 so far.

In the description of the page, Lee Sung wrote a message about the store and its owners.

“Things have gotten exponentially worse since the pandemic. Business is harder. People are angrier,” Lee Sung wrote. “Simply requesting customers to keep in compliance with the mask mandate frequently results in physical altercations.”

“My father in law has been hospitalized more than once. My mother in law hasn’t slept for more than 3 hours a night for the last few years, trying to keep this store afloat. She has worked through every holiday, every birthday…,” the description continued.

“After the initial incident yesterday, a group of guys lined up at the doors, yelling over the broken glass, making all kinds of grotesque, sexual gestures at her while she and my father-in-law cleaned the mess left behind.”

Anti-Asian hate crimes have been on the rise since the beginning of the pandemic.

Written ByLauren Akabori

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