October 12th, 2011
03:28 AM ET

Friend: Man accused in Saudi assassination plot likes to be called 'Jack'

To a friend of more than 20 years, Manssor Arbabsiar was a man who liked to be called "Jack" and didn't seem to have strong views on politics or religion.

To U.S. authorities, the 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen is a suspect in an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.

"It was shocking because it didn't seem like he would be the type of person to do something like that," said Mitchel Hamauei, who said he met Arbabsiar through mutual Iranian friends.

"He was a happy go lucky guy, always joked around," Hamauei said. "He had a really happy demeanor."

Hamauei, who runs a gyro and kebab restaurant in Corpus Christi, Texas, said the two were close enough that he attended the graduation of Arbabsiar's son.

Arbabsiar was a used car salesman, Hamauei said. Their conversations would be about "life in general," he said. "Nothing religious. Nothing political."

"He would go out and party," Hamauei said. "As far as I know he never practiced religion."

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  1. Nursery "Rines"

    Jack be nimble!
    Jack be quick!
    Jack got caught trying to kill an Arabic

    October 12, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    So when people greet him its Hi- Jack ?

    October 12, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u.

      Just don't greet him at the airport.

      October 12, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mercenary

    Look – I am not suggesting the USA declare war on Iran as I am quite certain the USA government's financial situation would not allow us to move forward. However, the best course of action, in my opinion, deploy a highly skilled mercenary team, one that is comparable to let's say the US Navy SEAL Team 6 or the Israeli Mossad. Send them to Tehran, Iran to take out Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and all the other radical islamic clerics / terrorists, after which, the world will be rid of these nut jobs, and then we can all celebrate.

    October 12, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Nursery "Rines"

      Bah! Talk about a waste of time and resources. One pilot + one bomb = one shiny field of glass! And everyone makes it home to see their loved ones in time for Thanksgiving.

      October 12, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. RIPN 48

    This whole thing is just to neat and tidy and way to convenient for me to take at face value,just look at how they orchestrated the Mexican gun running operation that the ATF called"operation fast and furious" and Eric Holder was part of this staged fiasco also,lets not go to war over this until after 2012 elections,i don't want to listen to the next administration whine about inheriting a big mess left to them by the previous one.

    October 12, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    You don't know Jack.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u.

    Yeah, I know Jack. He lives two doors down from me.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. artistchd

    OCCUPYNEERS =”Occupy Wall Street”= We The Public People Power Plan + Positive Population Protests = Unification = Unified Statutes of America + Africa = Our USAA PROMISED LANDS MultiplexRacialBody governance x Spiritual Renaissance Movement = via COLOR KINGDOM New World Creative Arts = AmeriAfrindian ArtistCHD’s RealiVision vs. Religions & Politics!!

    October 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |