Authorities arrest Fla. man on mail bomb charges

April FrancisOct 27, 2018

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the matter on the record. Targets include former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

Sayoc, who was previously known to law enforcement officials, has been arrested almost a dozen times in Florida, including a 2002 arrest for making a bomb threat. Records show he was born in NY and according to an online resume he attended college in North Carolina.

Court records show Mr Sayoc filed for bankruptcy in 2012 while he was living with his mother.

Sayoc attended Brevard College where he was listed as a member of the soccer team, according to a yearbook from the North Carolina school. He may have also made threats online, according to Rochelle Ritchie, a former press secretary for Congress. Ritchie said in a tweet Friday morning that Sayoc had threatened her on Twitter, but when she reported him the social media company said he wasn't violating Twitter's rules.

"The bottom line is that Americans must unify", he said.

Sayoc's white van, which was seized by authorities, had numerous stickers showing President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as a "CNN SUCKS" sign, according to a screenshot posted on Twitter by a CNN reporter. They covered the vehicle with a blue tarp.

On Friday, authorities discovered pipe bombs addressed to Sen.

The arrest came hours after two more suspicious packages were found on Friday - one addressed to Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and another to former national intelligence chief James Clapper, another frequent target of criticism from the far right. A 12th package was addressed to Clapper at cable network CNN and was intercepted at a New York City post office, a federal law enforcement official said.

"I can tell you this: we will find the person - persons responsible, and we're going to bring them to justice", Sessions said.

None of the crudely manufactured devices detonated.

Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the devices, containing timers and batteries, were not rigged to explode upon opening. But they were uncertain whether the devices were poorly designed or never meant to cause physical harm.

"I thank God no one's been hurt, and I thank the fearless and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us", he said.

News of the arrest emerged as investigators recovered the latest explosive devices, packages sent to Sen.

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None of the bombs sent out this week exploded, and no one was hurt.

In one tweet posted this past March 12, Sayoc shared a photo with the faces of numerous people to whom he would later allegedly send pipe bombs. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Schultz (D-Fla.) also were sent packages, as were as liberal activist billionaire George Soros. She is a former chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Cesar Sayoc allegedly placed 13 improvised explosive devices in envelopes and addressed them to political figures across the United States, prosecutors said.

"This is definitely domestic terrorism, no question about it in my mind", Clapper told CNN.

The tweet sent to Ritchie said "We will see you 4 sure.Hug your loved ones real close every time you leave you home".

New York Police stand outside the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 in New York.

At a press conference Thursday, officials in NY would not discuss possible motives or details on how the packages found their way into the postal system.

Investigators have declined to say whether the devices were built to be functional.

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

FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said thorough examinations of all the packages were under way at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, near Washington DC.

Trump has been on a rally blitz, hoping to help vulnerable Republicans ahead of the November 6 elections that will determine which party controls Congress. "Look in the mirror". His supporters accused Democrats of unfairly suggesting the president was to blame for the bomb scare.

The first crude bomb to be discovered was delivered Monday to the suburban NY compound of George Soros, a liberal billionaire and major contributor to Democratic causes.

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