Man Accused Of Sending Pipe Bombs Has Ties To Mecklenburg County

CHARLOTTE, NC– Cesar Sayoc has ties to Mecklenburg County. He lived in the Charlotte area, and even went to UNC Charlotte for a year and played on their soccer team. Officials say he was an undeclared major.

WCCB talked on the phone to one of Sayoc’s former teammates. He says he was shocked when he learned Sayoc is accused of sending at least a dozen pipe bombs to top Democrats and celebrities.

“When I saw his picture, it kind of hit home. Yeah that’s Cesar, that’s him,” says Sayoc’s former UNC Charlotte soccer teammate Phil Drosdick.

Drosdick describes Sayoc as a hard worker on the field, and fun to be around.

“You know something’s different, you just feel something odd about somebody. You never would’ve thought, never in your life with this guy,” says Drosdick.

UNC Charlotte officials say Sayoc was an undeclared major and didn’t graduate. WCCB found a student named Cesar Sayoc, who went to Brevard College for 1981 to 1982 and was on the soccer team.

Years later in April of 1999, Matthews police arrested Sayoc for possession of a stolen vehicle. The charge was later dropped.

“A patrol officer was on duty and saw broken down vehicle on East Independence Boulevard, got out of that vehicle called in the registration plate, our procedures. We found it to be stolen,” says Officer Tim Aycock with Matthews Police Department.

Police say when he was arrested, Sayoc lived in an apartment on Stoney Trace Drive in Mint Hill.

Sources tell WCCB Sayoc then lived here on Tamarron Drive in the Ballantyne area during the early 2000’s.