OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A Berkeley man was arrested Monday in connection with criminal threats made on social media that were investigated as a hate crime, Oakland police said.

“Investigators received information from a media partner regarding the disturbing remarks towards members of the Asian community,” the department said in a news release. “OPD investigators immediately launched a criminal investigation into this matter” and “confirmed the threatening posts and hateful speech.”

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Police said the department was already aware of the man suspected in the case following an earlier arrest on a firearm charge.

The suspect was taken into custody when he reported for a court appearance on Monday.

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“He was interviewed and booked into jail for criminal threats involving hate crimes, a probation violation, and weapons charges. The man is being held without bail,” police said.

Police encouraged those who are a victim or a witness to what they believe is a hate crime to call the OPD Hate Crime tipline at (510) 637-4283 or the non-emergency line, (510) 777-3333.

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