A Raleigh man is facing a charge of ethnic intimidation after police said he pulled a knife on a woman and used racially charged hate speech at the Raleigh bus terminal.
Steven Ernest Emerson, 55, is accused of approaching a woman, identified as Stephanie Wright, holding a knife and saying, "All n------ need to go back to Africa," according to documents filed in the Wake County Magistrate's Office.
Emerson, who is white, is also facing charges of disorderly conduct, and assault and battery. Wright is black.
Police said the incident occurred Wednesday at the bus terminal. Emerson was arrested today.
According to police, Wright did not board the bus, as she had intended. Instead, police said, she went to get help.
Emerson, whose address was listed as the homeless shelter at 1420 S. Wilmington St., is in custody in the Wake County jail on $15,000 bond. He has been barred from the bus depot and from contacting Wright.