The U.S. Justice Department told reporters today that a man in South Florida is in custody in connection with mailing of pipe bombs to political opponents of Donald Trump.
Senior law enforcement sources have identified the suspect in the investigation as Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, of Aventura, Florida.
“The arrest was made at an auto parts store in Plantation, Florida... about 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, and a 'loud explosion' was heard at the time of the arrest.”
The suspect was arrested in Plantation, Florida. He has a criminal record, and ties to New York.
Here is an aerial shot of a van about to be towed in connection with the mail bombing case.
News outlets at 8:20AM Pacific time on Friday are airing footage of a white van outside Auto Zone in Plantation, Florida, which appears to have a bunch of right-wing Trump bumper stickers all over it. Law enforcement described it as “right wing paraphernalia.”
The suspect's political affiliations are not yet confirmed, but this sure appears to be what it appears to be. One can get a pretty good idea from his targets.
And his van stickers.
From the Miami Herald:
A Florida man has been arrested in connection to the string of suspected explosive packages sent to prominent Democrats this week, law enforcement sources tell the Miami Herald and other outlets.
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.
A law enforcement source tells the Miami Herald the arrest was made at an auto parts store in Plantation, Florida. Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reports the arrest was made about 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, and a “loud explosion” was heard at the time of the arrest.
CNN reported Shimon Prokupecz tweeted that “multiple law enforcement sources” confirmed federal authorities arrested a Florida man.
At least 12 suspicious packages containing explosive devices, and some containing additional white powder, have been discovered since Monday. Two more packages were found earlier today.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 26, 2018
The president has now been briefed by Chief of Staff Kelly, US Secret Service, FBI and DHS. AG Jeff Sessions is currently at the White House, as well.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) October 26, 2018
Check out the stickers on his van. The suspect’s political affiliation is clear. pic.twitter.com/E0GFCUeR1s
— Sulome Anderson (@SulomeAnderson) October 26, 2018