Cesar Sayoc Arrested For Explosive Devices In Mails

by Kim Boateng Posted on October 26th, 2018

Broward County, Florida, USA : Cesar Altieri Sayoc has been arrested in connection with the suspicious packages that were sent across to various liberal personalities and CNN. Sayoc was first named as the suspect by NY1’s Myles Miller. Sayoc is 54 years old and is a resident of Aventura, Florida. Sayoc is originally from the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

A law enforcement source said that DNA evidence on one of the devices played a part in leading investigators to the suspect,

The arrest took place in Plantation, Florida, on the morning of October 26. Plantation is a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, located a few miles west of the city. Multiple sources reported that Sayoc’s arrest took place outside of an auto parts store close to State Road 7 and Southwest 6th Street in the area.

At least some of suspicious packages contained explosive devices, authorities said. Law enforcement officials said that the packages were “nearly identical” to each other. It had earlier been reported that the investigation into the packages was focused in Florida.

Earlier, authorities recovered suspicious packages sent to Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence under President Obama. The packages appeared to be similar to 10 others sent this week.

The package sent to Booker was found in Florida, the FBI said on Twitter on Friday morning. Sources told CBS News that the package sent to Clapper was found at a postal facility in New York City.

According to the FBI, all of the suspicious items were sent in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior. The packages had computer-printed address labels and each envelope had six Forever stamps. All of the packages had a return address of “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” [sic] in Florida. Nobody was hurt by the explosives, which were all intercepted and successfully disabled by law enforcement officials.

One of the packages was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder but did not reach its intended destination. It was rerouted to the return address in Florida.

According to online records, Sayoc is a registered Republican, registering with the GOP in Florida in March 2016. On his LinkedIn page, Sayoc says that his grandfather, Col. Baltazar Zook Sayoc, was a martial arts practitioner who developed his own style of fighting, Sayoc Kali. Sayoc says that style was used to fight the Communist Party of the Philippines. There is a detailed website about the fighting style.

@WPLGLocal10 I have pictures of this van. I saw this van in Hollywood at a stop light o eve and thought this was strange. pic.twitter.com/ARlel48Erh

— Mahmud mohamed (@thereal_mo01) October 26, 2018

On that LinkedIn profile, Sayoc calls himself a promoter, booking agent and choreographer of a male stripping show as well as burlesque shows in the Miami-area. Sayoc says that he graduated from Brevard College, N.C./Univ of N.C. at Charlotte.” Sayoc says he attained a Bachelor of Arts in numerous subjects as well as studying veterinary medicine. Sayoc writes on that profile that it was his dream to become a “horse doctor.”

Sayoc has been arrested several times in Broward County, Florida, dating back to 1991, court records show. His most recent arrest in Broward was in 2014. In 2002, he was charged with making a bomb threat in Dade County, Florida. He was sentenced to one year of probation. Prosecutors agreed to withhold adjudication of the felony charge, meaning it was dismissed after he completed the probation in 2003.

In 1991, Sayoc was charged with third-degree grand theft, a felony. He pleaded guilty that same year and was sentenced to two years of probation. In 1994, his mother sought a domestic violence injunction against Sayoc, court records show.

Sayoc was arrested on drug charges in 2004. He was accused of possession and sale of steroids, along with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, tampering with evidence, filing fraudulent tax returns, criminal use of personal ID info and possession or unlawful issue of a driver’s license. He pleaded guilty that same year and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

In 2013, Sayoc was charged with battery and third-degree grand theft, a felony. He pleaded guilty in 2014 and was sentenced to probation. In 2009, Sayoc was charged with operating without a valid license, not having insurance and not having a tag light and was fined after pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charges. In 2014, Sayoc was arrested on a petit theft charge and violation of probation. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Sayoc filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and was not married at the time. He was working as a store manager at a supermarket in Hollywood, Florida, at the time. He was also arrested on theft charges in Dade and Palm Beach counties in 1992 and 2015.

Coincidentally, Hillary Cinton was campaigning in Florida when a device was mailed to her New York home.

The Secret Service announced that, late on the night of October 23, Secret Service personnel recovered a package that was addressed to First Lady Hillary Clinton. The package was addressed to Clinton’s home in Westchester County, New York. A routine screening showed that the package contained an explosive device and, according to an announcement by the Secret Service, the package was “appropriately handled” so that nobody was hurt. Former president Bill Clinton was at home when the package was discovered, but Hillary was campaigning for Democrats in Florida.

Early in the morning of October 24, the Secret Service intercepted a package addressed to former president Barack Obama in Washington DC. Technicians handling the packages recognized that it may have contained an explosive device and handled it “appropriately” so that nobody was hurt. The Secret Service reported that Obama was never anywhere near the suspicious package, and neither was anybody else under Secret Service protection.

Authorities said that the devices sent to Clinton and Obama were “similar” to the pipe bomb that was sent to Soros earlier in the week. In a statement, the Secret Service said that the agency had “initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.”

On October 22, a caretaker working at George Soros’s Westchester home found a suspicious package in the mailbox. As a precaution, the caretaker dropped the package in the nearby woods and called the police. After an investigation, authorities discovered that the package contained a pipe bomb rigged to a detonator. Authorities were able to safely detonate the bomb.

Police say they believe that the package containing the pipe bomb was hand-delivered to Soros’ residence. Postal inspectors said the package may have been marked up to make it look as if it had gone through the mail. The mail carriers on Soros’s route did not recognize the package.

Soros has been widely criticized by right-wing groups and accused of ‘owning’ democratic politicians.

Over the years, George Soros has attracted a lot of anger and criticism from populists and Republicans. The Hungarian-born financier is a leading funder of liberal causes and of Democratic politicians. But he has also been accused of financing Democratic protesters and activists.

Recently, a Republican politician from Florida, Matt Gaetz, shared a video which implied that Soros was funding Honduran immigrants (the so-called “Caravan of Migrants”) to leave their homes and march north to the United States. And, separately, an ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee portrayed Soros sitting behind big wads of cash and said that he “owned” Dan Feehan, the Democrat running for Congress in Minnesota’s first congressional district. That ad also said that “Democratic mobs” were being paid to riot in the streets.

Amazing. CNN offices in NYC evacuated due to bomb threat. Occurs after “related” explosive devices sent to Soros and the Clintons. Bomb disposal unit on site in Columbus Circle and CNN broadcasting from the street. — Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrien) October 24, 2018

On October 24, the NYPD was called to the Time Warner Center in Manhattan to inspect a “suspicious package” found on the premises. The Time Warner Center, in midtown Manhattan, is home to the headquarters of CNN. The package was addressed to John Brennan, the former head of the CIA; reports said that it contained what looked like a pipe bomb with a picture of the ISIS flag alongside Brennan’s face.

The building was evacuated while law enforcement officials carried out a full inspection of the premises. People were warned to avoid the area near Columbus Circle, which is one of New York’s busiest traffic hubs and a major tourist attraction.

Brennan had sharp words for the president, writing on social media that Trump’s “inflammatory rhetoric” and “lies” were “disgraceful.” Brennan struck at Trump on Twitter on Thursday morning, after the president said that “fake news” bears responsibility for a lot of the “anger” in today’s society.

According to the FBI, all of the suspicious items were sent in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior. The packages had computer-printed address labels and each envelope had six Forever stamps. All of the packages had a return address of “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” [sic] in Florida. Nobody was hurt by the explosives, which were all intercepted and successfully disabled by law enforcement officials.

A fifth package was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder but did not reach its intended destination. It was rerouted to the return address in Florida.

Another suspicious package was sent to Robert De Niro, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump.

Also on Thursday morning, authorities said they had intercepted a suspicious package addressed to former vice president Joe Biden. The package was not delivered because it didn’t have enough postage.

Federal authorities covered and seized a white van in Florida after the Department of Justice confirmed an arrest had been made in the bomb investigation. The suspect was arrested at an auto repair shop in Plantation, Florida.

Aerial footage captured images of the van before it was taken away. Some of the van’s windows were covered with stickers.

Earlier Friday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Trump was ” receiving constant information as it is available” about the new packages.

President Donald Trump on Friday praised law enforcement for the quick arrest of pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr. and vowed that he and anyone else possibly involved would be prosecuted to the “fullest extent of the law.”

Trump, speaking at the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House, called the sending of the bombs a “despicable” act that has “no place in our country” and vowed that “swift and certain justice” would be delivered.

“We must never allow political violence to take root in America. We cannot let it happen. I am committed to do everything in my power as president to stop it and stop it now,” he said.

“Americans must unify. And we must show the world we are united in peace and harmony,” he added.

Trump’s comments came less than an hour after authorities said they had taken Sayoc into custody and would charge him in connection with the series of bombs found this week addressed to critics of the president.

His remarks marked a notable contrast from the tone he struck in tweets earlier in the day, when he appeared to suggestthat the timing of the “bomb stuff” was disrupting Republican momentum ahead of the midterm elections. He also criticized CNN “and others” for allegedly “blaming” him for the wave of suspicious packages discovered in recent days.

Before Trump took the stage at the White House Friday, the crowd chanted “CNN sucks” during comments by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

Sayoc is expected to be charged Friday in connection with packages received or intercepted that contained pipe bombs that were addressed to Trump critics.


Kim Boateng

Kim Boateng

Staff Writer

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