[guest post by Dana]
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.
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:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 26, 2018
(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)
UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Washington Examiner:
The individual arrested on Friday by the FBI has been named as Cesar Altieri Sayoc. After some digging I managed to find his Twitter page, “Hardrock2016” and – thanks to Washington Examiner’s Phil Klein – another Twitter page listed as “HardrockIntlent.”
I’ve retweeted a few of the tweets this lunatic tweeted out against some of the people sent devices. Here you go:
Go Trump Trump Trump pic.twitter.com/1uXgQ2ncvb
— Julus Cesar Milan (@hardrockintlent) September 17, 2018
Go Trump Trump Trump hey Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. And Eric Himpton Holder Sr. Stick your BS all crap you talk where sun doesn't shine . We will meet your threats right to your face soon.Not option we will see you soon .Hug loved ones real close we aren't ones. pic.twitter.com/eidRsSgJRv
— Julus Cesar Milan (@hardrockintlent) September 20, 2018
Go Trump yea We Unconquered Seminole Tribe,Seminole Hard Rock,millions upon millions of our customers,Seminole American Top Team MMA, Boxing, Seminole Vets.And current.Greatest https://t.co/GTskJ2CplT you haters a war you won't believe coming on our land. pic.twitter.com/ZyzWdFZSJS
— Julus Cesar Milan (@hardrockintlent) September 26, 2018
We Unconquered Seminole Tribe foresee David Hoggs and George Soros destiny.We have a very special Air boat tour of our swamp Everglades lined up for them.We will see them very soon pic.twitter.com/lW3wmc2tvV
— Julus Cesar Milan (@hardrockintlent) September 2, 2018
— Julus Cesar Milan (@hardrockintlent) September 16, 2018
— Julus Cesar Milan (@hardrockintlent) September 15, 2018
It already one top homeless thanks great job Maxim Waters and democrats have done for over 100 yrs . She will be abolished and vanish very soon.Thos is LA pic.twitter.com/8Pt5qGErjO
— Julus Cesar Milan (@hardrockintlent) September 19, 2018
More Democrats busted exposed Hallandale Bch Fla Mayor Joy Cooper ,Keith London FBI sting Accepting bribes from Russian investors. FBI fake Russian sting 3 yr investigation stealing hundreds million dollars from residence tax payers and many yrs traffic delays and Debbie Schultz pic.twitter.com/YpognJKXGc
— Julus Cesar Milan (@hardrockintlent) October 3, 2018
UPDATE x2 BY PATTERICO: There is simply too much of the crazy to reproduce it all here. Go to my Twitter timeline and scroll. I have retweeted videos of him at the inauguration wearing a MAGA hat, driving his van wearing the same hat, taking video at a Florida Trump rally, and threatening countless political and media figures.
I figure Twitter will delete it all, so I saved his Twitter feed going back to January 10, 2017. 1145 pages of obsessive Trumperism. It’s too big a file to upload, though.
UPDATE BY PATTERICO x3: Look at his crazy tweets yourself, here.
As a public service, I saved 1145 pages of crazy pro-Trump tweets by Cesar Sayoc. The fact that he supported Trump should not be used to smear Trump supporters, but he WAS a Trump supporter. Stop denying it. https://t.co/PA6pCF6BNZ
— Patterico (@Patterico) October 26, 2018