What we know about the man arrested in connection with suspicious packages

27 October, 2018, 06:51 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • FBI searches Miami-area mail facility where it believes pipe bombs were processed

The FBI has reportedly been searching a mail facility in Florida for clues about the packages. He was arrested at an auto parts store in the nearby city of Plantation.

United States officials named the man as Cesar Sayoc, saying that more arrests could follow.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that, as with any case, the charges may expand or contract.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office mugshot of Cesar Sayoc.

"These terrorising acts are despicable and have no place in our country".

Most of those targeted this week were past or present USA officials, but packages also were sent to actor Robert De Niro and billionaire George Soros.

Early on Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation tweeted that it "has confirmed an 11th package has been recovered in Florida, similar in appearance to the others, addressed to Sen".

Later, two more were discovered in California. Cory Booker, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer were discovered at various locations.

The bombs have heightened tensions during what was already a highly contentious campaign season ahead of the November 6 elections in which Democrats are battling to seize control of Congress now held by Trump's Republican Party.

"When you make an arrest like this you have to quickly go out, you have to take a look at phones, any personal data, you do a complete search warrant, you take all of that information and you start to allocate all of your resources into the field", he said and he added "and if a conspiracy exists who else was involved". He also said there could be other packages.

There has been an outcry from Trump's critics, who charged that his inflammatory rhetoric against Democrats and the press has created a climate for politically motivated violence.

What do we know about Cesar Sayoc? He also was the sole follower of Facebook pages called "Kill George Soros" and "Kill All Socialists". MSNBC reported that he was registered as a Republican Party member.

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Public records showed Mr Sayoc had been arrested numerous times for domestic violence and has been convicted on theft, stolen property and traffic charges.

U.S. officials say he is the principal suspect, and that DNA evidence was used to track him down. Court documents say Sayoc pleaded guilty to threatening to discharge a destructive device however, the arrest record does not detail who Sayoc's target was.

Federal officials were seen on television examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, in the city of Plantation. One piece of artwork depicted President Trump standing on a tank and another showed Hillary Clinton with a bullseye superimposed on her face.

All of them were sent to people who have criticized or clashed with President Donald Trump, and authorities continued to warn Friday that others could still be out there.

At Bojangles' Coliseum, Trump said the media "has a major role, whether they want to or not", in terms of national tone and dialogues. "We will find you; we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law".

"We must never allow political violence to take root in America - can not let it happen", Mr Trump said.

"Republicans are doing so well early voting, and at the polls, and now this "bomb" stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows - news not talking politics", he said, adding "Very unfortunate, what is going on". Bomb experts and security analysts say that based on their rudimentary construction it appeared they were more likely created to sow fear than to kill. At an awards ceremony in June, DeNiro said "F-- Trump" during a rant. In 2002, the Miami police arrested him for a bomb threat, a felony.

The first bomb discovered was delivered Monday to the suburban NY compound of Soros, a major contributor to Democratic causes.

Each consisted of explosive material packed in a plastic pipe and wired to a small clock and a battery, Wray said.

What was inside the packages? The devices were being examined by technicians at the FBI's forensic lab in Quantico, Virginia.

The development came as officials found and safely removed at least 13 pipe bombs at sites across the country.

CNN quotes investigators as saying they were functional but unstable, meaning they could be set off merely by handling.

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