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Somerville-based landlord rented Watertown house to FBI suspects

Posted by Marcia Dick  May 13, 2010 03:24 PM

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There's a Somerville connection to the FBI raid that took two area men into custody in connection with the Times Square bombing attempt earlier this month.

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Baij Joshi told the Globe that he manages the Watertown property where the men lived that is owned by his father, Shubh, who lives in Somerville.

Baij Joshi said the tenants on the first floor of the Watertown property were several Pakistani men, who had lived there "more than two to three years." He said some had spoken recently of taking trips to Pakistan.

"They seemed to be very good people. They paid the rent on time," he said.

"The impression that I got is they're working people, making their daily livelihood by driving a taxi and working in a store," he said.

He said they typically paid their $1,100 monthly rent by check, but last month one of the men said he had forgotten his checkbook and paid him in cash at a Somerville Wallgreen's. One of the men recently told him he was taking a two-to-three-month trip to Pakistan, Joshi said, adding that he wondered at the time how the man had gotten so much time off from work.

Joshi said one man drove a taxi, another worked at a gas station in Brookline, and a third worked at a convenience store in Somerville.

He said the men were always respectful but sometimes parked too many cars in the driveway. A tenant on the second floor had also complained about smoking in the house, Joshi said.

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