Xavier Rashee Woody-Silas, 24, of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States was recently arrested by the G4S Company Police. He was charged with damage to personal property, robbery with a dangerous weapon, communicating threats, misdemeanor larceny, disorderly conduct and resisting, delaying and obstructing police officers.
In addition, Woody-Silas has been banned from all Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) facilities and services. It is also likely that the African-American man will face an additional charge of misdemeanor ethnic intimidation under the hate crimes statute of North Carolina.
The charges stem from an incident on March 30, 2021 at Plaza Sundries, a convenience store on Trade Street in Charlotte. It is near the Charlotte Transit Center (CTC), which connects with the LYNX Blue Line and CityLYNX Gold Line and serves as the central hub for the CATS buses.
At around 3:30 p.m. that day, Woody-Silas came into Plaza Sundries and damaged store merchandise and equipment using a metal bar. He and another man also allegedly yelled racial slurs at the owners of the store.
Plaza Sundries opened in 1995 and is owned by Korean-American couple Mun Sung and Joyce Sung. Their son Mark Sung told WBTV that Woody-Silas was a regular customer of the store.
“That day, he just walks in the store with a metal pole,” Mark said of Woody-Silas. “No one sees it at first until he starts hitting things with it.”
The attack was caught on camera. According to Mark, Woody-Silas’s friend came towards the end and stuck his head through the door.
“That’s what you get,” the friend said, according to Mark. “That’s what you get, you Chinese motherf*****.”
According to Mark, Woody-Silas was possibly hired by a man his family banned from Plaza Sundries to trash the store in an act of revenge. Mark told WSOC-TV, “As he was doing it, he was like saying racial slurs, cursing at us, threatening us and the guy that we banned ended up coming into the store cheering him on and screaming, ‘That’s what you get! That’s what you get! Go back to your country!'”
On April 2, 2021, a GoFundMe page was set up for Plaza Sundries. The owners’ niece Grace Lee Sung told WCNC that while the owners were cleaning up the mess after Woody-Silas ransacked the business, more men lined up at the doors, yelled across from broken glass and made sexual gestures.
According to Grace, Mun and Joyce are spat on, assaulted, threatened and stolen from everyday. The niece added that the Plaza Sundries owners have filed police reports on a daily basis.