Paul Bilodeau parked last Thursday in a Publix in Oakland Park, Florida, and could not help but notice the van parked next to him – an old white van stuck with Trump stickers. He could not help noticing the driver.
"He had talked through his car," said Bilodeau, "and I thought he looked like a gunman – like someone who would shoot up a shop."
Bilodeau was not the first in South Florida to notice the decorated van that housed Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr., who was tasked with shipping tube bombs to prominent Democrats across the country on Friday.
From Aventura to Hollywood to Davie and further I watched the strange vehicle for a while and took a picture.
"I've seen this car dozens of times, I've always noticed, it always made me feel insecure, it looked like someone was in the van, although it was hard to tell because of the windows," David Cypkin said. a documentary producer who co-produced Coca-Cola Cowboys in 2006.
"That's Miami too and you do not know ̵
Cypkin encountered When He lived near the Shoppes on the waterways of Aventura where he was parked regularly, Cypkin believed someone could live in the van, and finally, on the morning of New Year's Eve 2017, he took some quick photos so he could later better look at some of the stickers.
I had seen it there for at least a year, "Cypkin said. "I saw somebody once standing behind one of the back doors, I did not make eye contact."
Bilodeau, the Publix buyer in Oakland Park, kept an eye on Sayoc before deciding that he had no weapon against him could have.
"He was wearing sportswear, but it was too small," said Bilodeau, explaining why he could not arm Cesar Sayoc.
Bilodeau took photos of the van and later saw Sayoc had gone to Publix to buy lottery tickets. The Friday Mega Millions jackpot was nearly a billion dollars.
In Davie, people often saw the car outside of Whole Foods, and Geo Rodriguez, a former Sun Sentinel reporter from South Florida, came across him in front of Papa John's Hollywood pizza.
Rodriguez, who now works for the Memorial Regional Hospital, likes to photograph strange things. He hashtoned his city on Instagram, #Hollyweird.
On April 6, he stepped in front of a 7-11 and saw the van that was parked on the landing next to Hollywood Boulevard in front of Papa Johns. Several readers said they saw the delivery van deliver pizza.
I have seen him again and again. You can tell he's from here, "Rodriguez said," I see him all the time at Publix here in Hollywood. He is something of a fixture.
When he saw the transporter being pulled down the highway by the FBI, he immediately remembered it.
"One of my co-workers watched him on TV." Rodriguez said, and so did many others, he did it looked, he thought, "I know this Van!"
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