Florida Man Arrested For Sending Bombs To Obama, Biden, Others
After mailing homemade bombs former president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, George Soros, Robert De Niro and several other critics of President Donald Trump, a Florida man in his mid-50s has been arrested.
Cesar Sayoc, Jr., 56, was arrested at around 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, the New York Times reports, at an AutoZone shop about 20 miles from his home.
Sayoc, Jr. had sent the explosive devices to at least a dozen people in three different states.
Among those targeted:
- Former President Barack Obama
- Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- Representative Maxine Waters of California
- Former Attorney General Eric Holder
- Former C.I.A. director John O. Brennan
- Former national intelligence chief James Clapper
- Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.
- Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
- Robert De Niro, a popular actor
- George Soros, a wealthy Democratic donor
Biden and Waters were sent two packages, each.
As a precaution, the NYPD is currently evaluating a pair of unattended packages at the Time Warner Center Mall, Columbus Circle in Manhattan. More information will be released as it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/VqrzHZJ6zv— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 26, 2018
Sayoc, Jr. faces federal charges for disseminating the bombs, which were packaged in plain manila envelopes and bubble wrap, though none of them reached their intended targets. According to CNBC, the packages were all likely sent through the U.S. Postal Service, and bore a return address label to the misspelled name of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of southern Florida.
“This is definitely domestic terrorism,” Clapper said on CNN. “Anyone who has in any way been a critic, publicly been a critic of President Trump, needs to be on an extra alert.”
"It is absolutely terrorism. Because it is an effort to use violence to make a political impact, that's the definition of terrorism. The people of New York City are as tough as it gets...New Yorkers refuse to be intimidated," Mayor Bill de Blasio says https://t.co/uKmsWQrrSA pic.twitter.com/UnRrducfyu— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 25, 2018
The first device was discovered on Monday, en route to billionaire philanthropist George Soros. None of the devices have exploded, and may not even be set up to do so.
“It just doesn’t look like the signature of an experienced bomb maker, somebody that knew what they were doing,” said CNN law enforcement analyst and retired FBI supervisory special agent James Gagliano.
West 58th St is blocked off around CNN and the Time Warner Center. Lots of police, sirens, and media. pic.twitter.com/7Hahg09p5R— Eric Levenson (@ejleven) October 24, 2018
After the bombs sent to Biden were discovered, the former Vice President pleaded for a return to sanity.
“Turn off this hate machine,” he said.
In response to the threats, President Trump, at a rally in Mosinee, Wisc., said, “My highest duty as you know as president is to keep America safe.”
I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018
Trump condemned the acts of terrorism, calling for “all sides to come together in peace and harmony.”
According to USA Today, Sayoc, Jr. was born in Brooklyn but moved to South Florida as a child, where he is a registered Republican. He has been arrested for theft and drug offenses multiple times since 1991. Sayoc, Jr’s most recent conviction was for retail theft in 2015.
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