The Florida man accused of sending mail bombs to at least a dozen prominent critics of President Donald Trump believed only white people and white supremacists could "belong in the world," according to one of his former bosses.
Debra Gureghian, the general manager of New River Pizza and Fresh Kitchen restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc worked as a delivery driver until January, told CNN that Sayoc was anti-black, anti-gay and anti-Jewish.
“Everybody that wasn’t white and wasn’t a white supremacist didn’t belong in the world – that’s what he used to say to me all the time,” she said, adding that he lived by the "beat of his own drum.”
Despite that, she said she was shocked to hear about his alleged crimes.
“I really couldn’t believe it because as far as an employee, he was on time, he was cordial,” she said. “But it was just his political views that scared me.”
Gureghian said that Sayoc even criticized her personally.
“He knew I was a lesbian and a very proud lesbian and he made it a point to tell me that God had made a mistake with me and that I should burn in hell,” she told CNN.
Federal authorities took Sayoc into custody Friday in connection with the mail-bomb scare targeting Trump critics from coast to coast, including former President Barack Obama and Trump's 2016 election opponent, Hillary Clinton. Sayoc 56, of Aventura, Florida was arrested at an auto parts store in the nearby city of Plantation. Court records show Sayoc has a history of arrests for theft, illegal possession of steroids and a 2002 charge of making a bomb threat. He has previously worked as an amateur body builder and male stripper.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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