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An Aruban police officer, right, arrests the suspect with whom 'Scarborough Country' producer Mike Tirone interacted recently in Aruba.
updated 6/7/2005 11:08:54 AM ET 2005-06-07T15:08:54

Scarborough Country senior producer Mike Tirone just came back from a vacation in Aruba and coincidentally stayed at the same hotel where one of the suspects in the Natalee Holloway case worked as a security guard. Tirone met and interacted with the security guard and appeared on Monday's program to discuss his experience.

An excerpt of the segment:

Joe Scarborough: Mike, I know that you were very surprised.  We talked about this before the show, obviously.  You're looking on TV and one of the suspects in the Natalee Holloway disappearance and possible -- we hope not, but possible murder, is a guy you interacted with.  Tell me about him. 

Mike Tirone: Joe, we were in Aruba at the Allegra resort for about 10 days.  We interacted with this security guard.  He was high-fiving my 7-year-old son.  We had -- we saw him on a daily occurrence every day.  I would take a jog and talk to him. 

He was a really nice guy.  He had a lot of charisma.  He was a fun guy.  He went out of his way to help people.  And I was very surprised.  I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the AP and MSNBC put his face up.  It was a real surprise. 

Scarborough: You know, Mike, we're actually looking at some of the video ... from the resort where you stayed.  We're looking at it right now.  I mean, this place looks like a tropical paradise.  And you told me that -- that, again, very charismatic, that you would not be surprised at all that an American -- that an American  tourist, like Natalee Holloway, would certainly approach a guy like this and certainly not fear for her life, again, a very charismatic character. 

Tirone: Yes.  He would -- I could see how Natalee would trust this guy.  This guy has a way about him that made you feel warm.  He -- like I said, my 7-year-old was high-fiving him.  I talked to him regularly.  He was just a nice guy.  He had -- you know, he had a nice, warm smile.

Scarborough: And, Mike, Aruba is a very safe place, right? 

Tirone: Yes.  Aruba is one of the safest places.  I mean, we would go out and walk every night.  So did everybody.  And I -- it's known as being one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. 

Scarborough:  Yes.  That's strange.  Well, Mike, thanks so much.  We greatly appreciate you being with us. 

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