Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Florida man charged after weeklong bomb-package scare

Florida man charged after weeklong bomb-package scare

Here's what to know about the suspect behind the mailed package bombs.

Sayoc's white van, which was seized by authorities, had numerous stickers showing President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as a "CNN SUCKS" sign, according to a screenshot posted on Twitter by a CNN reporter. He faces five charges including mailing explosives and threatening ex-presidents.

If convicted on all charges, Sayoc would face up to 48 years in prison, officials said.

Trump praised the "incredible job by law enforcement" in tracking down the suspect.

Mr Trump said the acts were "despicable and have no place in our country", and promised "swift and certain justice".

The arrest of a Florida man fell in line with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's comments Thursday, in an interview with Fox News Channel, acknowledging that some of packages originated in Florida.

Wray stated that "13 IEDs were sent to individuals across the country", and that "each device consisted of around six inches of PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery, some wiring, and what is known as 'energetic material, ' which is essentially potential explosives [and] material [s] that give off heat and energy through a reaction to heat, shock, or friction". An earlier package had been sent to former Obama CIA Director John Brennan via CNN in NY. 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. Wray declined to say whether the suspect was cooperating with authorities after his arrest. "We're concerned about people committing acts of violence under any motivation".

According to the Miami Herald, Sayoc's Facebook posts are "a mishmash of pro-Trump news stories, racist memes and fake news about Democrats".

He added, "Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this "Bomb" stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows - news not talking politics".

The common thread among the bomb targets was obvious: their critical words for Trump and his frequent, harsher criticism in return. Very unfortunate, what is going on.

He urged the crowd to vote for Republicans this election, saying, "a vote for Democrats is a vote for open borders and a vote for tax hikes". He also is a fierce critic of President Trump. A complaint is expected to be filed by the Southern District of NY, meaning the man will face charges in Manhattan.

Double Oscar victor and biting Trump critic De Niro on Friday urged people to vote in the November 6 elections, one day after a device was discovered at the Manhattan offices of his production company. "We can confirm one person is in custody", she wrote on Twitter.

"This is definitely domestic terrorism, no question about it in my mind", Clapper told CNN.

A "latent fingerprint" on an envelope sent to California Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was listed as the return address on numerous suspicious package. A Justice official told CNN that Sessions canceled a trip to Louisiana scheduled for Friday to ensure that all resources, such as his plane and personnel required for his travel, would be available for the ongoing investigation.

None of the bombs exploded, but FBI Director Chris Wray said Friday, "These are not hoax devices".

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