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Reports: Mail-Bomb Suspect is Cesar Sayoc, 56, a Republican With Prior Arrests

Cesar Sayoc

By    |   Friday, 26 October 2018 01:27 PM

Cesar Sayoc, Jr., is a 56-year-old registered Florida Republican man who has 10 prior arrests, including a bomb threat, larceny, and shoplifting, according to reports.

Also, his social media profile allegedly showed him wearing a MAGA hat and appearing at a rally for President Donald Trump, according to The Guardian.

A Twitter account that appears to belong to Sayoc includes repeated attacks on billionaire George Soros and praise for President Donald Trump and other Republicans.

"I am floored," Daniel Aaronson, Sayoc's former attorney, told the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "There are 330 million people in the U.S., I would have put him in the bottom two to three million of people I would suspect of doing this.

"He was the most respectful client that I think I've ever had. I didn't think he had a political bone in his body. I cannot believe that this would be the case that he would have done anything like this."

Sayoc was arrested Friday morning at an auto parts store in Plantation, Florida, in connection to sending 12 suspicious packages, feared as pipe bombs, to President Trump's political opponents.

Law enforcement officers were seen on television examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, in the city of Plantation in the Miami area. Authorities covered the vehicle with a blue tarp and took it away on the back of a flatbed truck.

The stickers included images of American flags and what appeared to be logos of the Republican National Committee and CNN, though the writing surrounding those images was unclear.

Federal authorities took a Florida man into custody Friday in connection with the mail-bomb scare that earlier widened to 12 suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats from coast to coast. President Donald Trump promised the man would be prosecuted to the "fullest extent of the law."

The man was identified by law enforcement officials as Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida. He was arrested at an auto parts store in the nearby city of Plantation. Court records show Sayoc has a history of arrests for theft, illegal possession of steroids and a 2002 charge of making a bomb threat.

It was not immediately clear whether Sayoc had been formally charged in the current case.

Law enforcement officers were seen on television examining a white van, its windows covered with an assortment of stickers, outside the Plantation auto parts store. Authorities covered the vehicle with a blue tarp and took it away on the back of a flatbed truck.

The stickers included images of Trump, American flags and what appeared to be logos of the Republican National Committee and CNN, though the writing surrounding those images was unclear.

The development came amid a nationwide manhunt for the person responsible for a series of explosive devices addressed to prominent Democrats including former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

Trump, after Sayoc was apprehended, declared that "we must never allow political violence take root in America" and Americans "must unify." As in comments earlier in the week, he did not mention that the package recipients were all Democrats or officials in Obama's administration, in addition to CNN, a news network he criticizes almost daily.

Earlier Friday, he complained that "this 'bomb' stuff" was taking attention away from the upcoming election and said critics were wrongly blaming him and his heated rhetoric.

The Justice Department scheduled a Friday afternoon news conference in Washington that was to include New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill, whose department investigated the mailings with the FBI.

Law enforcement officials said they had intercepted a dozen packages in states across the country. None had exploded, and it wasn't immediately clear if they were intended to cause physical harm or simply sow fear and anxiety.

Earlier Friday, authorities said suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former National Intelligence Director James Clapper — both similar to those containing pipe bombs sent to other prominent critics of Trump— had been intercepted.

Investigators believe the mailings were staggered. The U.S. Postal Service searched their facilities 48 hours ago and the most recent packages didn't turn up. Officials don't think they were sitting in the system without being spotted. They were working to determine for sure. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Online court records show that Sayoc in 2002 was arrested and served a year of probation for a felony charge of threatening to throw or place a bomb. No further details were available about the case.

Sayoc was convicted in 2014 for grand theft and misdemeanor theft of less than $300, and in 2013 for battery. In 2004, he faced several felony charges for possession of a synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid. He also had several arrests for theft in the 1990s.

He filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2012. His name is also listed on business records tied to dry cleaning and catering businesses. Records show he was born in New York and according to an online resume he attended college in North Carolina.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Cesar Sayoc, Jr., is a 56-year-old registered Florida Republican man who has 10 prior arrests, including a bomb threat, larceny, and shoplifting, according to reports.
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