Suspect Tied to Nationwide Mail Bombs Arrested

Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, taken into custody in Florida
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2018 10:27 AM CDT
Updated Oct 26, 2018 11:38 AM CDT
This frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV shows a van parked in Plantation, Fla., that is linked to the suspect.   (WPLG-TV via AP)
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(Newser) – An arrest has been made tied to the mail bombs being sent around the nation. Multiple sources tell CNN a man was taken into custody Friday. He has been identified as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr. of Aventura, Florida, and DNA evidence helped lead investigators to him, per NBC News and the AP. A white van believed to be linked to Sayoc, which was reported to be adorned with Trump pictures and the presidential seal, was impounded by law enforcement officials and taken to a "secure facility."

The New York Times reports the arrest in Florida came just hours after two more devices had been intercepted by the FBI: one meant for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, and another for ex-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Law enforcement officials say Sayoc is a store manager in Florida, per the Wall Street Journal. Online court records show Sayoc was arrested in Miami in 2002 for making a bomb threat and received a year's probation; court records tie at least two other criminal cases in the Miami area to Sayoc. A DOJ spokeswoman announced that a press conference regarding the arrest will be held Friday at 2:30pm EDT. (Read more mail bomb stories.)

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