Eric Shane Cahoon is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States. He is the aggressor in the viral video taken at the Food Lion grocery store in the 3000 block of Hope Mills Road in Hope Mills, North Carolina in the afternoon of July 23, 2020.
Cahoon has several tattoos on his neck. Here are 13 things about him:
- He was born in 1979.
- Among his family and relatives are Jessica Johnelle Cahoon, Regina Dorothea Cahoon, Angela Denize Cahoon, Kyward Cahoon, Melina A. Cahoon and John David Cahoon.
- When he went to the Food Lion grocery story in Hope Mills on July 23, 2020, he was not wearing a face mask as required by the government due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With an American flag bandanna around his head, he was wearing a black backpack, white sleeveless shirt, khaki shorts, white socks and white rubbers shoes with black accents.
- He called an African-American employee of the Food Lion grocery store the N-word several times and told the employee to “man up” and “go ahead and touch me.” Two white employees tried to intervene and later, an African American female customer ran her cart between him and the employee and raised her arm to protect the latter. He continued to berate the employee into the frozen foods section until a manager got involved and instructed the employee to go to the back.
- His racist rant at the Food Lion grocery store was recorded via a Facebook live video of his fellow customer Shakihla Keke Simmons, who told him, “Don’t touch him, baby, please don’t touch him.” He yelled “f— you” and complained about wearing a face mask before leaving the store.
- On July 27, 2020, he was arrested by Hope Mills Police Department officers.
- He was charged with one count of ethnic intimidation.
- He was charged with disorderly conduct by abusive language.
- He was charged with communicating threats.
- He was charged with intoxicated and disruptive behavior.
- He was charged with second-degree trespassing.
- He was held at the Cumberland County Detention Center in Fayetteville.
- His bail was set at $1,000, according to the Fayetteville Observer.