Florida man arrested in connection with pipe bomb packages

Florida man arrested in connection with pipe bomb packages

Florida man arrested in connection with pipe bomb packages

Sayoc, who lives in nearby Aventura, was arrested near his vehicle: a white van festooned with political declarations echoing Trump rhetoric.

One key question authorities are asking is why none of the apparent bombs detonated, a law enforcement source said, raising questions about the skill and motive of the bombmaker. She says Twitter got back to her within 24 hours and said the tweet did not violate their rules against abusive behavior.

Pence told ABC White House Correspondent Tara Palmeri that Sayoc's political leanings do not implicate Trump.

A booking photo - from August 2015 and obtained by Reuters on October 26, 2018 - shows Cesar Altieri Sayoc in Ft. "Let this be a lesson to anyone, regardless of their political beliefs, that we will bring the full force of law against anyone who attempts to use threats, intimidation and outright violence to further an agenda".

A Facebook account believed to belong to Sayoc was quickly taken down Friday for two reasons: Facebook is now cooperating law enforcement whose investigation is ongoing, and the account itself was found to be in violation of Facebook's policies.

"We need all hands on deck, we need to stay vigilant", said Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray.

Thirteen improved explosive devices were sent to different individuals in the mail bombing spree, including PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery and wiring, Wray said. A fingerprint was also found on one of the packages sent to Waters, officials said.

Authorities were reportedly able to track down Sayoc through cell phone records. Investigators are still analyzing devices, Wray said, adding that these were not "hoax devices".

A package containing an explosive is found in the mailroom at CNN's Manhattan offices.

Two packages were sent both to U.S. Representative Maxine Waters and to former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

According to CNN, Mr Sayoc told police the bombs would have done no injury and he didn't want to hurt anyone.

Just moments before the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Sayoc Friday morning, Mr. Trump lamented that the bombs were distracting voters from the midterm elections: "Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this "Bomb" stuff happens". Some posts said, "Hilary" instead of "Hillary" Clinton, while another said "Shultz" instead of Schultz for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Sessions said the suspect "appeared to be a partisan", but declined to comment more about why he targeted Democratic leaders.

Sayoc is a Republican who registered to vote in 2016. He was previously charged with larceny, grand theft and fraud.

On Friday, federal officials arrested Mr Sayoc outside an auto-parts store in Plantation, Florida, just north of Miami. Dade County court records showed Sayoc served a year's probation after a judge signed a discharge certificate in November 2002.

They later removed the tarp, revealing that the van is covered with an assortment of stickers, including what appear to be American flags and pro-Trump paraphernalia.

"I'm hoping you think it's wrong to hear people spend years, months, vilifying people, questioning their patriotism, calling them enemies of the people - and then suddenly you're concerned about civility".

Police found two of the suspicious packages on Friday addressed to US Senator Cory Booker and James Clapper, the former US director of national intelligence, officials said.

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