Letter carrier shocked to learn he delivered bomb to Winnipeg business
WINNIPEG – Ruthens Sangcal unknowingly delivered a bomb to a business on Washington Avenue, allegedly sent by Guido Amsel.
“When my supervisor told me it was kind of scary,” the Canada Post letter carrier told Global News Monday, saying the package felt heavy and weighed “about a kilo.”
“My life was at risk,” he said.
Sangcal said he had no idea what he was holding when he dropped off the package Tuesday at Ollie’s Auto at 599 Washington Avenue, where police say it was addressed to Amsel’s ex-wife. The police bomb squad destroyed the device in a controlled blast Saturday.
Iris Amsel owns the business and Global News has learned she was on vacation at the time.
Winnipeg police say the explosive devices delivered to the Washington Avenue business, and law firms on River Avenue and Stradbrook Avenue were put in the mail June 29th or 30th last week and all were delivered by July 2nd or 3rd.
Amsel, 49, was arrested Saturday and remains in custody. Police say he targeted his ex-wife and lawyers involved in a lengthy litigation.
He is charged with attempted murder and other offenses connected to the bombs, one of which exploded Friday in the hands of lawyer Maria Mitousis, 38, who remains in hospital recovering from significant injuries.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers told Global News that employees were only informed by Canada Post that bombs were being shipped through the mail on Monday morning.
A union official told Global News Monday that workers at a Canada Post depot on Wilkes Avenue are refusing to handle packages of a similar size to the ones that contained explosives, until it can be determined that all are safe.
None of the charges against Amsel have been proven in court.
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