News Update!!: Plantation, FL: Latest Information: Man arrested and charged in suspicious mail bomb packages.
Federal authorities have arrested a man in Florida in the and the rush of suspicious mail bomb packages sent to high-profile Democrats and others this week.
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The man, identified as 56 year old Cesar Sayoc Jr. from Aventura, Florida, was arrested at an auto parts store near State Road 7 and Southwest 6th Street in Plantation, Florida on the morning of Friday, October 26th, 2018.
In a press conference moments ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a press conference that Cesar Sayoc Jr. faces five federal charges and up to 58 years in prison.
Jeff Sessions confirmed the five charges are: interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officers.
Even though Cesar Sayoc was detained in Florida, he will be prosecuted in New York City, New York.
The official charge sheet says as well as the fingerprints, reportedly found on the suspicious package sent to California Rep. Maxine Waters, there is a possible DNA association between a sample collected from a piece of the IED inside two of the envelopes containing IEDs and a sample previously collected from Cesar Sayoc.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray said even though Cesar Sayoc was arrested, “there may be other packages in transit now.”
Several of the packages went through a U.S. postal facility in Opa-locka, which is less than 10 miles from Aventura.
Cesar Sayoc has a lengthy criminal history in Florida dating back to 1991, including being arrested and accused of threatening to use a bomb in 2002 and has also been arrested for felony theft and on drug charges.
In an affidavit regarding Cesar Sayoc’s arrest in 2002, he threatened Florida Power & Light Co., claiming he would blow up their headquarters and “it would be worse than September 11th.”
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Cesar Sayoc’s white van, which was plastered with stickers of Trump, the presidential seal and other political signage, as well as cross-hair symbols over the likes of HIllary Clinton and anti-liberal memes, was seized by authorities and taken to a secure facility.
United States President Trump applauded the Federal Bureau of Investigation during remarks Friday afternoon, also decrying the use of violence in the political realm, and called the packages and the events of the week “despicable”.
“We must never allow political violence to take root in America. We cannot let it happen. And I am committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it. And to stop it now,” said United States President Trump.
President Trump made the remarks Friday at the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit in the White House just hours after federal authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc.
Federal authorities had been focusing on Florida as the location where the majority of packages originated.
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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 President Donald Trump- had been intercepted.
The discoveries – making 12 suspicious packages so far – further spurred a coast-to-coast investigation, as officials scrambled to locate a culprit and possible motive amid questions about whether new packages were being sent or simply surfacing after a period in mail system.
The devices have targeted well-known Democrats including former United States President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the package to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was intercepted in Florida. The one discovered at a Manhattan postal facility was addressed to Clapper at CNN’s address. An earlier package had been sent to former Obama CIA Director John Brennan via CNN in New York.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen earlier told Fox News, “Some of the packages went through the mail. They originated, some of them, from Florida. I am confident that this person or people will be brought to justice.”
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