Federal authorities arrested Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr. on Friday in connection with the 13 mail bombs sent to high-profile Democrats and other individuals, FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Friday.
Sayoc has been charged with five federal crimes and faces up to 58 years in prison, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said during a news conference.
On Friday, officials said two additional packages were found — one recovered in Florida that was addressed to Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and one in a Manhattan post office addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Since Tuesday, devices have been intercepted addressed to Clinton, Obama, Biden, billionaire George Soros, the actor Robert De Niro, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, former Attorney General Eric Holder and former CIA director John Brennan.
Here’s what to know about the suspect behind the mailed package bombs.
Cesar Sayoc is a 56-year-old man who was detained Friday in Plantation, Florida
Records for Sayoc show he is associated with an address in Aventura, Florida, and is registered as a Republican in Florida. According to Florida criminal records, Sayoc was born in New York.
A white van towed away from the scene was covered in pro-Trump imagery
The van was covered in stickers that show President Donald Trump and the presidential seal, among other pictures. Authorities have not said whether the van is connected with Sayoc.
Sayoc was previously arrested for making a bomb threat
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.
Criminal records show Sayoc was arrested on multiple other occasions for fraud, tampering with evidence, drug possession and unlawful use of a driver’s license.
Seminole Tribe says Sayoc was not associated with them
A Twitter account that matched Sayoc’s name made frequent references to the Seminole Tribe and appeared to discuss having Native heritage. The account’s bio says the owner works at the Seminole Hard Rock Live. However, the Seminole Tribe said Friday that Sayoc was not involved with the tribe.
“We can find no evidence that Cesar Altieri, Caesar Altieri, Caesar Altieri Sayoc, Ceasar Altieri Randazzo (Facebook) or Julus Cesar Milan (Twitter) is or was a member or employee of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, or is or was an employee of Seminole Gaming or Hard Rock International,” Gary Bitner, a spokesman for the tribe, said in a statement. He added the tribe had not yet verified whether Sayoc worked for any of the tribe’s vendors. “At this time, we cannot verify if he is or was an employee of a vendor company.”
Social media appears filled with right-wing conspiracies
The Twitter account linked to Sayoc’s name also frequently tweeted right-wing conspiracy theories and posted memes attacking George Soros, liberals and Trump’s opponents.
Some posts also made reference to the upcoming midterm elections, saying things like “Red Wave 2018” and showing images that encouraged followers to “Vote Republican.”
What was the motive for sending the mail bombs?
Federal officials declined to discuss Sayoc’s motive on Friday, saying that the investigation was still ongoing.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he did not know why the suspected bomber was targeting Democrats. “He appears to be a partisan,” Sessions aid.
Wray added that while the FBI believes it found “the right guy,” the agency does not know if there were more people sending mail bombs if there are more bombs that have not yet been discovered.
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