Five things to know about mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc

Geneva Stokes
October 29, 2018

Last week, he was among the high-profile Democrats across the country to whom a 56-year-old Florida man, Cesar Sayoc, allegedly sent package bombs.

Authorities say they are looking for more packages and investigating if Sayoc had any help making these improvised devices.

Sayoc was aggressive on Twitter, often threatening Democrats like former Vice President Joe Biden, in vitriolic, typo riddled tweets.

Image: Cesar Sayoc has been arrested in connection with the devices.

Sayoc was charged with interstate transportation of explosives, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against a former president and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers.

In addition, a number of press outlets attributed social media accounts to Sayoc that were rife with posts mocking Democrats, as well as photos of Sayoc wearing a hat bearing President Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said that the bureau was still trying to determine if Sayoc's bombs were "functional" but noted that they contained "energetic material" that could be unsafe.

The front page of the print edition of the Post on October 28 blamed Trump for both the synagogue shooting and the mail bombs, proclaiming, in a news headline, that "Trump, allies set the tone for the violence they denounce, critics say".

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions gives details following the suspects arrest.

Speaking at the White House earlier on Friday, Trump praised law enforcement officials for quickly arresting a suspect.

"These are not hoax devices", Wray said of the bombs.

In a tweet earlier Friday, Trump referred to the investigation as "this "bomb" stuff", which he blamed for taking focus away from the upcoming midterm elections on November 6.

"A senior law enforcement official said Sayoc had a list of people in the hundreds, containing politicians, entertainers and news people, and was going down that list to mail out packages", the report added.

Court records also show that Sayoc was convicted in the 1990s in Broward County, Fla. on grand theft and stolen property charges. The newspaper appears to suggest, without saying outright, that Trump's criticism of his opponents fueled Sayoc's mail-bombing spree. "We're in need of a competency determination before he's even transferred to NY".

One law enforcement official said the investigation came together less than 24 hours before the announcement, with a preliminary DNA match first and the fingerprint match coming sometime Friday morning.

Moore spoke on Friday after it emerged that, along with pictures of Trump and Mike Pence, Sayoc's van featured pictures of him, Hillary Clinton and Green Party leader Jill Stein with targets over their heads.

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