Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr., 56, was arrested Friday in Plantation in connection with the mailings of a dozen bomb-like devices to top Democrats, including former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
Sayoc is a registered Republican from South Florida. He was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved to Florida as a child. He’s a 1980 graduate of North Miami Beach High School whose last known address was Aventura in Miami-Dade County.
Multiple media outlets report Sayoc’s white van was impounded at the auto parts store. It reportedly had multiple pro-Trump stickers on it.
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Multiple news outlets gathered outside a condominium complex Friday afternoon in Aventura where Sayoc was believed to have lived.
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He has an extensive criminal record
According to court and other public records obtained by The Associated Press, Sayoc has a lengthy criminal and court record in Florida. He has been convicted on theft, stolen property and traffic charges and in 2002 on a threat to “throw, place, project or discharge any destructive device.”
Sayoc was sentenced in August 2002 for threatening to throw a bomb in a conversation with a Florida utility representative, according to Ronald Lowy, a Miami attorney who represented him. Dade County court records showed Sayoc served a year’s probation after a judge signed a discharge certificate in November 2002.
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According to the Sun Sentinel, Sayoc told FPL the explosion would be “worse than 9-11.”
Lowy told The Associated Press that Sayoc “made a verbal threat when he was frustrated at a lack of service.” Lowy said Sayoc showed no ability at the time to back up his threat with bomb-making expertise.
The lawyer said Sayoc was a bodybuilder then, and displayed no political leanings except for plastering a vehicle he owned with Native American signs.
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Court records also show that Sayoc was convicted in the 1990s in Broward County on grand theft and stolen property charges and in 2004 on a felony charge of fraudulent refunds and misdemeanor of tampering with physical evidence.
He filed for bankruptcy in 2012
Sayoc filed for bankruptcy in June 2012. At the time, he was living with his mother and owed more than $20,000 to creditors, mostly banks.
His total employment income the year before was just over $7,500. And he had collected about $16,000 in unemployment between 2009 and 2010, according to the bankruptcy records.
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Syoc also lost his Fort Lauderdale home in a foreclosure in September 2009, according to court records. He filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2012. The court records in that case state he had just $4,175 in assets, including a 2001 Chevy Tahoe with 285,000 miles, and $21,109 in liabilities.
He had trouble with businesses
Sayoc listed his employment as store manager of Hassanco Investments in Hollywood, Florida, from his bankruptcy filing. He received unemployment benefits in 2009 and 2010, the filing stated.
Online Florida business records show that Sayoc in September 2016 registered as the manager for a new Hallandale Beach, Florida, business called Native American Catering & Vending LLC. The state listed the business as inactive last month.
He also previously was the president of a Hallandale Beach company called Proud Native American One Low Price Drycleaning, the state business records show. Registered in 2001, that business was declared inactive the following year, the records show.
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He worked at strip clubs
Sayoc worked as a DJ at Ultra Gentleman’s Club in West Palm Beach, the same strip club where Trump accuser Stormy Daniels performed in April, according to WPTV.
WPTV spoke to Ultra manager Stacey Saccal, who confirmed that Sayoc worked as a DJ Thursday afternoon, the day before he was arrested. She said Sayoc had worked there for two months as a DJ and doorman.
He also told at least one neighbor he was a “flash dancer” at strip clubs and needed to keep his body in prime shape through weight training, according to USA TODAY.
“He was always cordial, courteous and professional,” said Daniel Lurvey, a Miami-Dade defense attorney who represented Sayoc in two theft cases in 2013 and 2014. “We talked a little bit about his work, and I remember him referring to an association with the Chippendale dancers.”
Chippendales spokesman Michael Caprio on Friday said Sayoc “has never been affiliated in any way with Chippendales.”
In 2001, Chippendales sued – and won a judgment – to prevent Gold Productions Inc. from using the Chippendales name in their productions. Sayoc claims on his LinkedIn professional page to have been a promoter and booking agent for Gold Productions.
Lenny Altieri, Sayoc’s cousin, confirmed to The Associated Press that Sayoc worked as a stripper.