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10/26/2018

Suspect Identified And Arrested In Package Bomb Scare

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 10:19 am

[guest post by Dana]

Good news:

An arrest has been made in the investigation of bombs sent to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump. The Department of Justice confirmed that one person was in custody.

Several law enforcement sources told CBS News the suspect’s name is Cesar Sayoc, who was born in 1962. He appears to have a criminal history in Broward County, Florida.

A law enforcement source said that DNA evidence on one of the devices played a part in leading investigators to the suspect, CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports.

Earlier today, authorities intercepted similar packages addressed to Sen. Cory Booker and former director of Intelligence James Clapper:

The package sent to Booker was found in Florida, the FBI said on Twitter on Friday morning. Sources told CBS News that the package sent to Clapper was found at a postal facility in New York City.

The New York package was addressed to “James Robert Clapper Time Warner (CNN),” according to a photo of the package obtained by CBS New York station WCBS-TV. On Wednesday, a bomb sent to CNN’s offices in New York’s Time Warner Center prompted an evacuation of the building.

Further, law enforcement secured a white van covered in stickers as evidence:

Law enforcement officials towed away a van found in Plantation, Florida, where a suspect was arrested in connection to the explosive devices.

The van is heading to Miramar, Florida, where a FBI field office is located, a law enforcement official told CNN.

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Here are some details rearding Sayoc:

*According to online records, Sayoc is a registered Republican, registering with the GOP in Florida in March 2016.

*Sayoc calls himself a promoter, booking agent and choreographer of a male stripping show as well as burlesque shows in the Miami-area. Sayoc says that he graduated from Brevard College, N.C./Univ of N.C. at Charlotte.” Sayoc says he attained a Bachelor of Arts in numerous subjects as well as studying veterinary medicine. Sayoc writes on that profile that it was his dream to become a “horse doctor.”

*Sayoc was arrested on drug charges in 2004. He was accused of possession and sale of steroids, along with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, tampering with evidence, filing fraudulent tax returns, criminal use of personal ID info and possession or unlawful issue of a driver’s license. He pleaded guilty that same year and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

*In 2013, Sayoc was charged with battery and third-degree grand theft, a felony. He pleaded guilty in 2014 and was sentenced to probation. In 2009, Sayoc was charged with operating without a valid license, not having insurance and not having a tag light and was fined after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charges. In 2014, Sayoc was arrested on a petit theft charge and violation of probation. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Hm. Was Sayoc working alone? Did he have an accomplice in New York, or were the events not related?:

The arrest took place in Florida and at least some of the action took place there too. Four of the bombs were delivered in New York, at least, so it makes sense that the SDNY would be involved. It could also mean that they’re checking to see if Sayoc had an accomplice for the hand deliveries in the state, or maybe just tracking his cell-phone location data to tie him to the specific deliveries.

Here is President Trump discussing the arrest of Sayoc at the Young Black Leadership Summit minutes ago:

–Dana

13 Comments »

  1. Patterico’s Washington Examiner link (to Sayoc’s tweets) calls Sayoc a “very sick man.” He seems bitter to me, not sick.

    Comment by DRJ — 10/26/2018 @ 10:52 am

  2. Well, I was wrong. I had this figured for being more likely (better than 50% chance) a false flag op by a lefty nut. But, as it looks right now, it was a right wing nut.

    The reason I didn’t think this was a right wing nut was that doing this kind of thing two weeks before an election could only help Democrats.

    The mistake I made, I think, was forgetting that nutcases often do things that make no sense from their own perspective.

    In any case, I’m very glad the lunatic was caught.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 10/26/2018 @ 2:13 pm

  3. Thank you for acknowledging your mistake. :)

    I’m glad the guy was caught, and I wish that we had better ways of detecting and treating mental illness (because, regardless of his politics, this guy’s clearly not right in the head).

    Comment by aphrael — 10/26/2018 @ 3:33 pm

  4. Question. Before registering as a Republican in 2016 was he politically apathetic or was he registered with another party?

    Comment by Sean — 10/26/2018 @ 10:58 pm

  5. The Miami Herald interviewed Ron Lowry, a family friend and their lawyer, who said:

    Lowy hasn’t spoken to Sayoc in a decade but he still represents Sayoc’s mother and two sisters. He met the mother, Madeleine Giardiello, at a local hospital Friday, where she was recovering from surgery, he said. She’s a lifelong Democrat but her son never showed much interest in politics and had never voted until two years ago, she told Lowy.

    Lots more at the link. Lowry claims Soyac had mental health issues from being abandoned by his father, so he was always looking for a place to belong. He previously claimed membership in the Seminole tribe but now he identifies with Trump.

    Comment by DRJ — 10/27/2018 @ 8:11 am

  6. Many of the mass shootings involve mental health issues, especially (IMO) the school shootings or shootings by young people. I’m not convinced this is one of those cases. We tend to think that anyone who does things like this must be mentally ill, but anger and/or narcissism are also possible.

    Mental health issues need to be addressed at the family and community level. IMO we need to give families more tools to deal with teens and adults who have problems, and families need to understand that the criminal justice system may be their only choice in some cases.

    However, it sounds heartless but having a difficult childhood is not an excuse. If it is, then everyone who claims they had a childhood they can’t overcome needs a guardian. I don’t want that and I doubt others do, either, but that is what we need to do as a society if we let the past be an excuse instead of a reason to get help.

    Comment by DRJ — 10/27/2018 @ 10:25 am

  7. The criminal justice system did deal with Soyac. I wonder if the system saw any red flags with him or gave him leniency, the way the schools did with the Parkland shooter? I assume his record prevented him from buying guns, but did it?

    Comment by DRJ — 10/27/2018 @ 10:28 am

  8. Just like with today’s Synagogue shooting, it is important to expose partisan, religious, racial, etc., acts based on hatred. The best thing Fox News can do is report this story and condemn it, instead of worry how it may impact Trump and the midterm elections. We don’t want perpetrators to think “their” media will make excuses for them.

    Comment by DRJ — 10/27/2018 @ 10:34 am

  9. I am a terrible political prognosticator but my gut says this story won’t make a lot of difference nationally, but it might in the Florida Governor’s race. Soyac lived in DeSantis’ district and liked him. How ironic if Soyac cost DeSantis the governorship.

    Comment by DRJ — 10/27/2018 @ 10:46 am

  10. This incident reminds me of Western Europe, where guns are not as available. Sayoc might not have been able to legally buy a gun so maybe he turned to bombs. Lone Wolf terrorists (like Sayoc appears to be) can be the most dangerous and hardest to spot.

    Comment by DRJ — 10/27/2018 @ 12:32 pm

  11. From that link:

    One other thing that also may be consistent between the research and this week’s events: There are connections among lone-wolf terrorism in the U.S., bombings and right-wing extremism. While authorities are not yet willing to talk about Sayoc’s possible motivations, they believe that he owns a van covered in bumper stickers suggesting strong conservative leanings. According to START, when lone-wolf terrorism began to emerge in the United States in the 1990s, it was strongly associated with a “leaderless resistance” model of “uncoordinated violence” advocated by right-wing extremists. In a 2013 report, the same organization noted that 48 percent of all lone-actor terrorist attacks in the U.S. between 1992 and 2010 targeted abortion providers and advocates, and that bombing had been the method of choice for lone actors 36 percent of the time.

    Comment by DRJ — 10/27/2018 @ 12:33 pm

  12. After Bernie supporter Hodgkinson shot Scalise, Democrats and Republicans responded by offering sympathy, condemning violence and saying this was not a time to be partisan. Bernie Sanders went further by pointedly and publicly condemning his supporter’s actions. Rep Chris Collins, a Republican and early Trump supporter, blamed Democratic rhetoric. A Washington Examiner op-ed noted it wasn’t Trump supporters threatening violence.

    Now it is. And now some Trump supporters argue this isn’t a time for partisanship.

    IMO both sides need to act like adults before they talk, not after-the-fact. But they also need to stop caring more about clinging to establishment power than truth.

    Comment by DRJ — 10/28/2018 @ 10:52 am

  13. Shorter version: How many Republicans blamed Democratic rhetoric for Hodgkinson and mental illness for Soyac?

    Comment by DRJ — 10/28/2018 @ 10:55 am

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