Aventura bomb suspect described as ‘loner’ with long arrest record

Aventura bomb suspect described as ‘loner’ with long arrest record

The arrest of Cesar Sayoc, who is suspected of mailing explosive devices prominent Democrats, was not something that should be tied to Trump followers, the President said.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was proud to confirm that a suspect, Cesar Sayoc Jr. of Aventura, Florida, was in custody of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in relation to the suspicious device mailings over the past week.

Earlier Friday, authorities said suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen.

Former intelligence chief James Clapper, one of the recipients of Friday's packages, told CNN: "This is definitely domestic terrorism, no question in my mind".

Trump condemned political violence and applauded federal, state and local authorities for arresting Cesar Sayoc, who is suspected of mailing pipe bombs to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor Robert De Niro and other high-profile individuals.

"We will prosecute them, him, her, whoever it may be, to the fullest extent of the law", he said at a White House event.

The investigation into this week's wave of suspicious packages focused on southern Florida and a mail sorting facility in the area.

Public records show that Mr Sayoc has been arrested numerous times over the years, including one case in which he was accused of threatening to use a bomb.

A key break in the case for investigators came Thursday, according to a criminal complaint and multiple law enforcement officials, when they traced five packages to the Opa-Locka processing and distribution center outside of Miami.

Authorities could be seen taking away a white van, covered by a blue tarp, from a location in Plantation, Florida.

The arrest brought to an end to a four-day nationwide manhunt for the alleged mailer of over a dozen suspected pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump.

Sayoc was arrested in 2002 in Miami for making a bomb threat. Records say he threatened to "throw, place, project or discharge" a destructive device.

Court records also show that Sayoc was convicted in the 1990s in Broward County on grand theft and stolen property charges and in 2004 on a felony charge of fraudulent refunds and misdemeanor of tampering with physical evidence. It was found at a New York City postal facility and was similar to the other packages, the official added.

New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill could not confirm whether all the devices were meant to explode, but he said officials "are treating them as suspected explosive devices".

The series of bomb alerts began on Monday, when a suspected device was found in the post box of billionaire businessman George Soros, a major Democratic Party donor. While the FBI's lab is still working to determine if the devices were functional, Wray said, they did contain "energetic material" - meaning the right combination of heat, shock or friction could have set them off.

The explosive devices were packed in envelopes with bubble-wrap interiors bearing six American flag stamps and the return address of Florida Rep.

Trump's remarks came just hours after the President tweeted that "this "Bomb" stuff" was distracting from the upcoming midterms. At the time, Sayoc said he lived with his mother in Aventura, Florida, and listed a $1,150 tax refund and a 2001 Chevy Tahoe vehicle as his only assets.

The bombs are about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long and packed with powder and broken glass, according to a law enforcement official who viewed X-ray images. Trump responded on Twitter by blaming the media for stoking a hostile political climate, which prompted Brennan to tell Trump to "Stop blaming others" and "Look in the mirror".

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.

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