San Jose man charged with mailing graphic threats

Nov 16, 2014 11:38 AM by News Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A San Jose man has been indicted on federal charges that allege he mailed graphic threats, defamatory photographs and even a bullet to at least 16 people who were targeted on the basis of sexual orientation, ethnic background or nationality.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said the four-count indictment unsealed Friday names the suspect as 52-year-old Robert Gary Toltzis. He was taken into custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, when a defense lawyer will be appointed.

Haag says investigators do not know how Toltzis chose his targets. The indictment alleges that the letter with the bullet also contained two Craigslist postings with sexual images and the words, "I am going to kill you."

Copies of the letters were sometimes sent to relatives and co-workers of the victims.

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