Man detained in mail bombings played soccer at NC college, former coach says

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Federal law enforcement officials made an arrest Friday in connection with the mass mail bombings targeting high-profile Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump, said a Justice Department spokesperson.

CBS This Morning reported the suspect is Cesar Sayoc Jr., a 56-year-old Florida resident.

Former UNC Charlotte soccer coach Bob Warming identified Sayoc as a former walk-on player on the 1983 soccer team.

On a phone call with WBTV’s Jamie Boll, Warming remembered Sayoc being “on the team for two months or less.”

“Cesar wasn’t on the team very long,” said Warming. “It’s a very sad thing to learn of – it’s very sad”

Warming wasn’t able to remember specifics about Sayoc during his short stint on the team but did say he longer gets surprised by anything he hears these days.

“You learn to expect anything in life if you live long enough,” Warming said.

A statistics page for the UNCC Soccer team shows Sayoc played in 11 games that season and started seven of those games.

According to a Public Records search, Cesar Sayoc Jr. has more than one connection to the Charlotte area.

Records show he had an address in south Charlotte near Ardrey Kell High School in February 2000.

The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed Cesar Sayoc Jr. was arrested on April 10, 1999 in relation to a possession of a stolen vehicle charge.

The Director of Public Affairs for the DOJ, Sarah Isgur Flores, said on Twitter that one person was in custody, and the agency scheduled a 2:30 p.m. ET news conference.

Police in Plantation, FL, towed away a white van with windows covered in pro-Trump stickers. Other decals included Hillary Clinton with a target over her face and “CNN sucks.”

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