Florida Police Arrest Man, 56, For Sending Pipe Bombs To Top Democrats and High Profile Figures
A man arrested on suspicion of being the MAGA bomber has been named as Native American Trump supporter Cesar Sayoc, 56. Sayoc, of Fort Lauderdale, is belived to have been arrested in Plantation, a suburb of Miami, Florida, Friday on suspicion of sending 12 pipe bombs to top Democrats and high-profile figures critical of Donald Trump.
Online records show Sayoc has owned companies called Native American Catering & Vending, as well as Proud Native America One Low Price Drycleaning.
Bodybuilder Sayoc is said to have been traced by DNA and phone records, and was flagged as a suspect after making previous terror threats to judges.
Meanwhile, photos have emerged of a van linked to Sayoc covered in pro-Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton stickers.
The van was seen being covered up by law enforcement officials after Sayoc was arrested. An older picture dug up by an eagle-eyed tweeter appears to show a picture of Hillary Clinton’s head sat in between a set of crosshairs.
Another sticker reads ‘Dishonest media CNN sucks,’ with numerous other pro-Trump pictures, including one describing its driver as a Native American Trump supporter.
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Other images on the van include a photoshopped image of Trump atop a tank while a bomb explodes in the background.
Yet another sticker reads: ‘I am Donald Trump & I Approve This Message.’
Law enforcement officials were seen covering a white van close to the scene, which appears to be covered in photos of Donald Trump Mike Pence, and is reported to have at least one sticker referring to Hillary Clinton. A CNN logo was also visibe on the van’s side window. It was seen being loaded onto a police flatbed truck.
The man was arrested in the same district represented by Congresswoman Debbie Schultz, who received one pipe bomb and was marked as the sender on numerous others.
Eyewitnesses reported hearing an explosion, which may have been a flash-bang device used by law enforcement to stun the man. He is now reported to be en route to FBI offices in Miami for questioning.
The arrest came shortly after officials said they had interceped the 11th and 12th pipe bombs sent by the so-called MAGA bomber to Democratic Senator Cory Booker and National Intelligence Director James Clapper.
The package to Booker was found in a Florida mail processing depot en route to the Senator’s New Jersey address law enforcement sources told CNN. Meanwhile, the device sent to Clapper was discovered at a postal facility in Midtown Manhattan Friday morning.
Clapper warned Donald Trump to remember that ‘his words count’, but also said potential reciptients ‘shouldn’t get too overblown’ about the devices, amid rumors they are too crudely built to actually explode.
Friday’s arrest came less than a day after FBI agents said they were focusing their hunt for the MAGA bomber in the sunshine state, with all packages sent through a United States Postal Service facility in Opa-Locka, South Florida Cops also said Thursday that they believed the crudely-built devices, fashioned from a digital clock, wiring and shrapnel, had been designed to scare people rather than kill.
They spoke hours after former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro became the seventh and eighth people to receive pipe bombs in the post. A picture of the pipe bomb sent to Robert De Niro’s restaurant and office building in Manhattan bore striking similarities to a photo of another device shared by the FBI Wednesday. Both were covered with stars and stripes stamps, and claimed the sendee was ex-Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is based close to where the suspect was arrested Friday. The two envelopes which have been photographed both misspelt Schultz’s name as ‘Shultz,’ with the Florida-based politician herself receiving a package in the post. The suspect has been dubbed the MAGA bomber because of the way he or she is targeting top Democrats and others who have condemned Trump.
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