Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

What we know about the package bomb suspect now in custody

What we know about the package bomb suspect now in custody

He was repeatedly arrested for theft in the 1990s, faced felony charges of possession of anabolic steroids in 2004, and was convicted of grand theft in 2014. It was not clear if had an attorney.

At a news conference Friday, officials identified the man as 56-year-old resident of Aventura, Florida.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Sayoc, 56, at an AutoZone parking lot in Plantation, Florida, about six miles west of Fort Lauderdale, on Friday morning. Devices have also been sent to former president Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and CNN. Investigators are still analyzing devices, Wray said, adding that these were not "hoax devices".

Two packages addressed to offices maintained by Waters, a California Democrat, are discovered in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. One of them contains a photo of Waters marked with a red "X".

Even before the suspect's name was confirmed by law enforcers, the media started to methodically dig into Sayoc's past - his jobs, family and political preferences.

Sessions said the suspect "appeared to be a partisan", but declined to comment more about why he targeted Democratic leaders.

According to the records, he is a registered Republican with a lengthy criminal past - including once making a bomb threat - and a history of posting inflammatory broadsides on social media against Trump's political foes. He ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.

Sayoc's van was also taken into custody.

Court records show he filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

Mr Sayoc's social media profiles showed he was a deeply disaffected conservative. Fiori said the arrested man did not resist and "had that look of, 'I'm done, I surrender"'.

None of them detonated, but investigators said they could have been risky "if subjected to the right combination of heat or shock or friction".

The cousin said she hadn't seen Sayoc for two decades, but that he called her recently after her father died.

NBC reported that DNA evidence played a role in his arrest.

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"I'm astounded about everything", Aaronson said.

"I didn't know this guy was mad insane like this", said Stacy Saccal, the club's manager.

Just a couple of hours before today's arrest, in an early Friday morning tweet President Trump referred to the terrorist acts as "this bomb stuff" and inferred that the attacks were a false flag created to slow down Republicans' momentum leading into the midterms. "We must never allow political violence to take root in America and I'm committed to doing everything in my power as President to stop it and stop it now", Trump said.

A van belonging to Cesar Sayoc covered in blue tarp was towed by FBI investigators to FBI Miramar Headquarters. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is intercepted at a Sacramento mail facility. Inside the vehicle were items that could be linked to the packages, including soldering equipment, stamps, envelopes, paper, a printer and powder, the sources said. His package was delivered to the Manhattan bureau of CNN, where he had served as an on-air analyst.

Sayoc was born in New York City and attended college in North Carolina before moving to the Miami suburbs in the late 1980s.

But in a morning Twitter post before the arrest was announced, the president characterized the attempted bombings as an obstacle blocking Republican voters ahead of the midterms.

"This is definitely domestic terrorism", Clapper told CNN, saying Trump bore "some responsibility of civility in this country".

"It's like a needle in a haystack", Trump said.

Since Monday, 10 pipe bombs and suspicious packages have been mailed to top Democrats.

The only common link between the people who received devices is that they are prominent figures who have publicly clashed with Donald Trump.

The package sent to Wasserman-Schultz was originally intended for former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

One of the packages was recovered at a South Florida office of Rep.

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