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BREAKING: Suspect in Mail-Bomb Hoax Scare Reportedly Arrested in Florida; UPDATE: Identified as Cesar Sayoc, 56

Posted on | October 26, 2018 | Comments Off on BREAKING: Suspect in Mail-Bomb Hoax Scare Reportedly Arrested in Florida; UPDATE: Identified as Cesar Sayoc, 56

Fox News reports:

A suspect was arrested in Florida on Friday morning in connection with the rash of suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats nationwide, a law enforcement source confirmed to Fox News.
Federal authorities had been focusing on Florida as the location where the majority of packages originated.
“Some of the packages went through the mail,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News. “They originated, some of them, from Florida. I am confident that this person or people will be brought to justice.”
Several of the packages went through a U.S. postal facility in Opa-locka, Florida. The Miami-Dade County Police Department confirmed Thursday it was helping federal agents who were at the facility as part of the ongoing investigation. . . .

UPDATE: Rick Leventhal just reported on Fox News that his sources tell him the suspect is a white male in his 50s, a native of New York with a prior history of being arrested for making terroristic threats. The suspect was reportedly arrested in the north Miami suburb of Aventura.

UPDATE II: More from the Miami Herald:

The Miami Herald has learned that the suspect who has been arrested is a man in his 50s from Aventura. He is being questioned by FBI agents with the joint terrorism task force since his arrest this morning at about 10 a.m.
Live shots from a Local 10 news helicopter show federal agents examining a white van covered in a blue tarp.
A law enforcement source tells the Miami Herald the arrest was made at an auto parts store in Plantation. Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reports a “loud explosion” was heard at the time of the arrest, possibly from an FBI flash bomb device.
A spokesperson for the Department of Justice confirmed on Twitter one person is in custody and the department plans to hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m.

UPDATE III: TV news showed a white van being towed from the parking lot of the auto parts store in Plantation, Florida, where the suspect was reportedly arrested. Observers say windows of the van were covered in stickers with pro-Trump and other “right-wing” slogans.

UPDATE IV: Multiple sources are now identifying the suspect as Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, of Aventura, Florida, who is a registered Republican voter.

UPDATE V: A close-up of the suspect’s van (click to enlarge):


This photo was taken by a Miami-area resident who says he “saw him at a stoplight one day and thought [it] was very strange.”

UPDATE VI: The British Sun tabloid reports:

Online records show Sayoc has owned companies called Native American Catering & Vending, as well as Proud Native America One Low Price Drycleaning.

Sayoc was also apparently a bodybuilder.

UPDATE VII: From the London Daily Mail:

Cesar Altier Sayoc was taken into custody on Friday morning in Plantation, Florida in connection with the 12 suspicious packages that have been discovered this week.
According to Sayoc’s Facebook page, he is a Trump fan who posted pictures and videos of himself at one of the President’s rallies in October 2016.
He posted a photograph of himself wearing a MAGA hat in front of the US Capitol in 2017.
He is Native American, and according to a picture posted on his social media page, he is a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
In a post a year ago, Sayoc shared a photograph of Governor Rick Scott and Donald Trump, writing: ‘The greatest Governor in Country Fla Rick Scott and great friend of We Unconquered Seminole Tribe . Trump Trump Trump’
He shared bodybuilding pictures and appears to have worked in a strip club.

Fox News reported that federal authorities got a warrant Wednesday to obtain Sayoc’s phone records. So he came under suspicion almost immediately after the first suspicious packages were found.




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