CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A man campaigning for candidates says he was threatened and called a racial slur by a group outside a voting location Wednesday in Steele Creek.
The suspect has been identified as Jason Donald Wayne, 28. He has been charged with going armed to the terror of the people, ethnic intimidation, communicating threats, and disorderly conduct.
Derek Partee had snapped several pictures of Wayne on Wednesday in hopes of someone identifying him at the time. The Republican volunteer told FOX 46 he was passing out information on candidates when he noticed a group taking pictures.
Even though it's not illegal, Partee thought it was strange. What was supposed to be a normal conversation turned into a confrontation at the polls on 11130 South Tryon Street.
"I decided to walk by their car and get a picture of the plate and they confront me saying, 'nah mother****er you want some of this?'" he said. "That's when I started backing off. He made sure I saw his weapon, along with the racial epithets he was hurling at me."
As he backed up, Partee snapped photos of the two men and women before calling the police.
Partee, who is black, is ex-law enforcement. He was hopeful that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police would figure out why they were taking those photos.
"Why are these sleazebags taking pictures with a 35 millimeter camera taking photos of us? If I don't look right it, don't smell right, you go and you investigate."
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the man was carrying a BB gun. He was identified and interviewed by investigators on Wednesday. Officers were working with the FBI to determine whether federal charges may be appropriate.
Police say they have also identified the two individuals who were with the suspect, but that they have not been charged.
This isn't the first time that group has been seen out here taking pictures. Others who have been working at this polling site told FOX 46 they've seen the group here before snapping pictures.
"Could they be white nationalists? I would say yea."
Partee wrote about the altercation on Facebook. Since the photos were posted Wednesday afternoon they have been shared more an 1,600 times and have received nearly 500 comments.
CMPD says officers are conducting scheduled zone checks at all polling locations though the election on November 6.