Asheville -- October 16, 2023:  In relation to a string of threatening and anti-Semitic emails sent to a local synagogue, Asheville Police Department detectives have charged and taken Michael Patrick Toone into custody.

Toone was arrested on October 11th evening and charged with cyberstalking after an inquiry.

With a $5,000 secured bond (or $500 to a bondsman), Toone was placed under arrest at the Buncombe County Detention Facility. The district court judge for Buncombe County increased Toone's bond to $10,000 secured following a bond hearing. More charges could be coming; the investigation is still underway.

Call the APD at (828) 252-1110 if you believe you have been the victim of intimidation or discrimination because of your race, people, color, religion, nationality, place of origin, or gender identity. Alternatively, you can provide an anonymous tip by texting TIP2APD to 847411 or by using the TIP2APD smartphone application (search "Asheville PD" in your app store). You can text TIP2APD to 847411 (Tip411) to anonymously report information about any hate crimes or ethnic intimidation you may be aware of.

Editor's Note:* A criminal charge is an accusation, by law, a person accused of a crime is innocent until proven in a court of law.

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