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Suspect in Custody in String of Letter Bombs Sent to Former Presidents and Others

October 26, 2018  | 

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An arrest has been made in the investigation of potentially explosive devices sent to two former presidents, members of Congress, Senators, and other famous people.

Federal authorities arrested 56-year-old Cesar Altieri Sayoc in Broward County, Florida Friday morning.

A total of 10 homemade bombs have been sent to celebrities and politicians who have been outspoken critics of President Donald Trump in the last five days.

Actor Robert De Niro and former vice president Joe Biden were the latest targets in the string of pipe bombs, which were reportedly sent through the mail, according to the Washington Post.

Other homemade explosive devices have been addressed to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN, George Soros, Cory Booker, James Clapper, and others.

A law enforcement source said that DNA evidence on one of the devices played a part in leading investigators to the suspect. Authorities also said that a latent fingerprint on a package addressed to Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California played a part in the investigation.

A picture believed to be of a van seized by authorities in the package bomb investigation shows a sticker with crosshairs around former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's face, according to CBS News.

Court records show Sayoc, an amateur body builder with social media accounts that denigrate Democrats and praise Trump, has a history of arrests for theft, illegal steroids possession and a 2002 charge of making a bomb threat.

There has been some speculation that the devices were hoaxes or so poorly constructed that they would not explode. Law enforcement officials from multiple federal agencies repeatedly said Friday afternoon at a press conference that the devices were real. Each device was made up of a PVC pipe, a small clock, battery, wiring and “energetic material,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said. And he stressed that they could have exploded under the right conditions.

Sayoc was charged with five federal counts: interstate transport of explosives, mailing of explosives, threats against a former president, making threatening interstate communications and assault of current or former officials. He faces up to 58 years in prison if convicted of these charges.

Comments (8)

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SnowCop @ 10/26/2018 2:55 PM

Florida for the Win!

jkon Retired LEO @ 10/26/2018 3:25 PM

This moron just gave the liberals more fuel for their fire. Of course the investigation has just barely started and the possibility exists that he might have been hired by unknown person or persons to do this to put the conservatives in a bad light close to the midterm elections. Why would he do this? If that someone offered him a million dollars or two he probably would not have had to think very long about doing it. He can still get the money a little at a time in his commissary account in prison.

LegAdv @ 10/26/2018 3:49 PM

Glad someone is finally in custody for this, assuming he is in fact guilty. Hopefully, there are no other suspects or suspicious devices out there.

Martin Gilliland @ 10/26/2018 7:35 PM

Liberals will take care of themselves and self destruct as usual. The problem is the continued damged they do to our Republic.

EODK9Trainer @ 10/27/2018 2:40 AM

Oh stop it with the conspiracy theories. This guy wasn't hired/paid by some leftist shill. He did it because he hated liberals. So sick and tired of this crap from both sides.

ssc1911 @ 10/27/2018 6:27 AM

I agree with jkon Retired LEO. he is correct. This is going to give the liberals/progressives/democratic socialists more fule for their fire and possibly taking the midterm elections. This person may have acted alone or posibly another person may be involved, the investigation will uncover what happened and the motive. This does put conservatives in a bad light as the actor here was a registered Republican. Sadly the dems earlier thsin year had made it pubically known about attacking republicans and conservatives, among them was Rep. Maxine Waters, she should be forced to resign from Congress as that type of behavior by an rlected official is not within the office she currently holds. She isn't the only one (Democrat) that has made it known about attacking the right. If all of the socialist progressive liberal dems love and like socialism that much pick any one of the of the socialist , leftist , countries on the planet ro live in. Don't come back here if it doesn't work out.

Arabian Cop @ 10/27/2018 2:39 PM

How did that even get in the mail? Not an American myself so I've no clue as to how mailing works there, however I do know that people aren't stupid enough to let through multiple packages of explosives. Come the hell on...

tedb @ 10/29/2018 7:49 AM

EODK9Trainer, I'm in agreement with you. I think the liberals are going to completely ruin our country if they ever regain control, which they will when the people get fed up with Republican corruption, as they did in 2006. And before that, the pendulum swung the other way in 1994. Which ever party is in control eventually becomes corrupt. This guy was just a right-wing nut job who had such poor timing that it played right into the hands of the left-wing nut jobs like Maxine. It diverted all the news media from the caravan to the poor oppressed left-wingers. Let's knock it off and try to get this country straight again.

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