Dr. Michael C. Clatts, the AIDS researcher roomate of Ivaylo Ivanov, the man charged with last year's hate spree against local synagogues and keeping a large cache of pipe bombs and guns, is not cooperating with the NYPD according to the New York Sun. He was picked up by police yesterday at JFK Airport upon returning from Vietnam. The Sun also reports that Clatts has apologized to his neighbors at 58 Remsen in an email:
NY Sun: Researcher is Mum…: A neighbor who lives in the building, James Robinson, said Mr. Clatts had sent out an e-mail apology message on Monday to all of the residents of the building.
"He said that he was disturbed about the news he was getting," Mr. Robinson said. "He was very apologetic, and said that he had absolutely no idea about all of this."
Mr. Ivanov, known as Ivo to his neighbors, has alternately explained the arsenal by saying he needed it for protection and that he was planning to use the bombs for fishing. He has also claimed to be Jewish.