US Bomb sus­pect: For­mer strip­per & Trump ad­mirer

Ac­cused Ce­sar Sayoc has an ex­ten­sive ar­rest record, author­i­ties say

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - W RLD - —AP

Wash­ing­ton: Ce­sar Sayoc is an am­a­teur body builder and for­mer strip­per, a loner with a long ar­rest record who showed lit­tle in­ter­est in pol­i­tics un­til Don­ald Trump came along.

On Fri­day, he was iden­ti­fied by author­i­ties as the Florida man who put pipe bombs in small manila en­velopes, af­fixed six stamps and sent them to some of Trump’s most prom­i­nent crit­ics.

His ar­rest capped a week in which the bombs aimed at some of Amer­ica’s big­gest names — Obama, Clin­ton, De Niro — dom­i­nated the news and in­vited spec­u­la­tion about who might be re­spon­si­ble for them. The an­swer, author­i­ties said, was Sayoc, a 56-year-old man from Aven­tura, Florida, who was de­voted to Trump, had a his­tory of fi­nan­cial prob­lems and an ex­ten­sive ar­rest record, in­clud­ing a stint on pro­ba­tion for mak­ing a bomb threat.

His at­tor­ney in that 2002 case, Ron­ald Lowy, de­scribed Sayoc as “a con­fused man who had trou­ble con­trol­ling his emo­tions.”

A cousin of Sayoc, Lenny Altieri, used stronger terms.

“I know the guy is a lu­natic,” Altieri told The As­so­ci­ated Press. “He has been a loner.” Altieri con­firmed that Sayoc had been a strip­per. On an on­line re­sume, Sayoc de­scribed him­self as a booker and pro­moter for bur­lesque shows.

Stacy Sac­cal, the gen­eral man­ager of the Ul­tra Gen­tle­men’s Club in West Palm Beach, said Sayoc had worked

there for about two months, first as a floor bouncer and for the past month as a disc jockey — most re­cently on Thurs­day night, hours be­fore his ar­rest Fri­day morn­ing.

“I didn’t know this guy was mad crazy like this,” she said Fri­day. “Never once did he speak pol­i­tics. This is a bar. We don’t talk pol­i­tics or re­li­gion in a bar, you know?”

A white van seized dur­ing the probe is towed into FBI head­quar­ters in Mi­ra­mar, Florida

—REUTERS

FBI of­fi­cers es­cort Ce­sar Altieri Sayoc into a SUV at FBI head­quar­ters af­ter ar­rest­ing him in con­nec­tion with a string of par­cel bombs in US

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