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$75K bond, mental evaluation for man accused of threats at Cary synagogue

Wral.com, Amanda Lamb, November 5, 2018

CARY, N.C. — Cary police linked a single man – William Josephus Warden, 20, – to two recent instances of ethnic intimidation, and they and the FBI are investigating to see if he is linked to others.

Police say Warden burned a cross on Oct. 26 at Bond Park, which is owned by the Town of Cary.

On Saturday night, officers say, he rang the doorbell at Congregation Shaarei Shalom, located at 700 Old Apex Road, then made threats to the person who answered.

Although the synagogue was empty, a staff member was able to answer the doorbell remotely when Warden rang it at about 10:15 p.m.

"The rhetoric was very typical, anti-Semitic hate speech: Get out of the government, get out of Cary, get out of our country," said Rabbi Seth Klayman.

"We are taking it very seriously, and we are grateful to local law enforcement who are taking it seriously," Klayman said, "but for us this is not going to thwart us from continuing on our path of bringing good and light into our community."

Warden's parents, Billy Warden and North Carolina Appellate Court Judge Lucy Inman, say their son is mentally ill, and that his alleged crimes don't reflect the values they have tried to teach.

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