APD seeking to identify more persons of interest; city leadership addresses community concerns

Press release from Asheville City Police:

Asheville, NC (July 3, 2024): Asheville Police Department Detectives are continuing to investigate and are seeking to identify more persons of interest from an assault that occurred at the West Asheville Library on June 29.

The incident, which occurred over the weekend, has sparked concerns and outrage among members of the Asheville community. Asheville Chief of Police Mike Lamb and Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer have issued statements regarding the recent assault.

We at the APD remain steadfast in our commitment to reducing all acts of violence in our community, particularly those targeting vulnerable groups like our Jewish Community. Our detectives are actively investigating this incident to ensure those responsible are held accountable for their actions.

We are working alongside the District Attorney’s Office and we appreciate the information that members of our community have provided thus far to help identify the offenders.
-Chief Mike Lamb

The members of the Asheville community deserve the right to enter any community spaces with a feeling of security. We will not tolerate violence, either against or carried out in our community. Asheville is a city that has thrived and honored the diversity of all its residents. We will continue to do so and not be cowed by individuals resorting to violence.

Mayor Esther E. Manheimer

Anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the suspects is urged to contact APD. You can text TIP2APD to 847411 to share information anonymously or use the TIP2APD smartphone app. You can also call 828-252-1110.

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One thought on “APD seeking to identify more persons of interest; city leadership addresses community concerns

  1. Emiliano Zapata

    This story has now been reported by The NY Post , Daily Mail and many other major media. Did this action help the people of Gaza ? Hell No ! It is being used as a reason not to help and to support the IDF and Netanyahu. Now these people are gonna face charges and Firestorm will not be helped by this at all. Good luck getting anyone in Asheville to rent them a space ever again. Not to mention potential lawsuits that could be filed against them. I worked for a long time legal advocate for the Palestinian people and worked for him for over 30 years and for the amount of bad publicity this West Asheville assault generated it is near the top of the list of stupid actions taken in the name of Gaza and Palestine.

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