#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: Editor says here’s what we know of this arrest so far: The suspect has been identified as Cesar A. Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida: Sayoc has a criminal record and was born in Brooklyn, according to authorities: Court records also show that Sayoc was convicted in the 1990s in Broward County on grand theft and stolen property charges and in 2004 on a felony charge of fraudulent refunds and misdemeanor of tampering with physical evidence: Who Is Cesar Sayoc? A law enforcement source told CBS News authorities were led to Sayoc in part through DNA evidence: He was tracked through his cell phone, sources told CBS2 #AceNewsDesk reports
Cesar Sayoc (credit: Broward County Police)
Sayoc was taken into custody at or near an auto supply shop in Plantation, Florida, north of Miami
: The scene showed numerous law enforcement personnel at the scene of the arrest site. They could be seen covering a white van with numerous stickers in its windows with a blue tarp.LOOK: High resolution photo shows political stickers covering windows of white van found near Plantation, Florida site where mail bombing suspect was arrested https://t.co/QOC2JDvOIU pic.twitter.com/E72CUd0FSt
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 26, 2018More details are expected at a Department of Justice news conference Friday afternoon.
I am pleased to inform you that law enforcement has apprehended the suspect and has taken into him into custody,” President Donald Trump said. “These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country.” …… “We must never allow political violence to take root in America,” Trump added, “and I am committed to doing everything in my power to stop it.”Trump praised law enforcement for finding “a needle in the haystack.” The bottom line is that Americans must unify,” Trump said: “The good news is there is an individual in custody right now,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The arrest comes just a few hours after emergency responders found a suspicious package addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, care of CNN, where he is a contributor, at a mail facility in Midtown Manhattan:
Authorities shut down 52nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues while they investigated the device found at the Radio City post office. Numerous emergency vehicles could be seen on the street and people were kept from the area: https://acenewsroom.wordpress.com/2018/10/26/urgent-us-law-enforcement-responding-to-suspicious-package-in-nyc-police-say-https-t-co-wlrcyh3wou-https-t-co-9t4pxzoorb/
“At approximately 8:15 a.m. an alert postal worker who was aware of a series of suspected pipe bombs in packages going through the mail recognized a package that postal workers across the country had been warned about and shown photographs of in the system here at Radio City station,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism John Miller said. “This area was secured while emergency service and the NYPD Bomb Squad responded. The package was isolated in the post office. The Bomb Squad was able to use their equipment to conduct an X-ray. Inside they saw what appears to be a pipe bomb consistent with other devices we’ve seen this week contained in a package consistent with the packaging we’ve seen this week.”
The package was safely removed and transported to Rodman’s Neck in the Bronx at around 10 a.m., though police warned the area would still have a strong police presence as the investigation continued.
Sources say the device has the same design according to the x ray and same packaging: Authorities currently believe the mailings were staggered, and the device sent to Clapper may have been sent after the others.Clapper, who has been outspoken against Trump, told CNN that the spate of suspicious packages will not silence critics of the administration, though he warns they should be very cautious…………………..“I’m really not surprised, and in some sense relieved my wife and I are away from home right now. This is definitely domestic terrorism, no question about it in my mind,” Clapper said. “I think anyone who has in any way been a critic, publicly been a critic of President Trump, needs to be on extra alert.”
Also Friday, investigators in Florida turned up another suspicious package targeting N.J. Sen. Cory Booker:
has confirmed an 11th package has been recovered in Florida, similar in appearance to the others, addressed to Sen. Cory Booker.
— FBI (@FBI) October 26, 2018The package targeting Booker was reportedly found at the Opa-locka mail facility in Florida, where sources tell CBS News some of the packages were processed.
Investigators have been focusing their search for clues there in the manhunt for whoever is behind the spate of mailings.Saddened and angered that an explosive device was sent to @CoryBooker’s office. @NJOHSP is working closely with federal, state, and local partners to monitor the situation and coordinate our response. Grateful to law enforcement for keeping us safe from these acts of terror — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) October 26, 2018New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted he was “saddened and angered” to learn of the device sent to Booker: With addition of the devices sent to Clapper and Booker, 12 suspicious packages have been sent to ten prominent Democrats across the country: Both packages are similar to the previous packages targeting prominent Democrats.All of the packages had a return address of Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and federal officials confirm some of them originated in the state. They say postal inspectors have been poring through millions of pieces of mail, searching for similar packages.
“It’s devastating, deeply disturbing to have my name used in that way. As you know, we received one of the packages in our office, and obviously any of the packages that had bounced back would’ve come to the return address. So it’s disturbing, troubling, sinister,” Wasserman Schultz said.
“We are working quickly to process and analyze relevant information from the suspicious packages recovered over the last few days,” said Bill Sweeney, the assistant director in charge of the FBI New York.
#FBI is seeking info from the public to aid in the investigation of the suspicious packages. No piece of info is too small. Do not hesitate to call the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI or go online to https://t.co/iL7sD5efWD. Tipsters can remain anonymous. https://t.co/43gM4NBm9s pic.twitter.com/1AHJIB1no5
— FBI (@FBI) October 26, 2018
The FBI asked for help from the public in the investigation, requesting people call 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit a tip online by clicking here. The NYPD urged New Yorkers who might have information to call 1-888-NYC-SAFE: The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is working closely with our law enforcement partners in this ongoing investigation,” a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service said. “Any reports of suspicious mailings are taken very seriously, as they may impact the safety of postal employees and disrupt the processing of mail. We strive to provide a safe and secure mail system, preserve the integrity of the mail, and, most importantly, ensure a safe environment for postal employees, Postal Service customers, and the American public.” The USPS said that it is employing a strategy that involves technology, screening and employee training to help keep the postal system safe.
As the FBI continues to warn more pipe bombs could be out there, false alarms have led to confusion. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle were evacuated Thursday night, both due to suspicious packages that turned out to be false alarms.
The packages were addressed to people who have been critics of Trump, and the president has been critical of them, as well: Earlier Friday morning, the president tweeted, “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’”
Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, “it’s just not Presidential!” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
Trump also tweeted that he was concerned about how the recent spate of suspicious packages would impact Republican turnout at the elections.
Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
“Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this ‘bomb’ stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!” Trump tweeted……….Two of the packages were sent to former Vice President Joe Biden……………This division, this hatred, this ugliness – it has to end. Words matter,” Biden said Thursday.
“This is at a torrid level that is just unpalatable,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. “This is whipping up people, and you will see people respond.”………..We need a new political sensitivity that says ‘there are boundaries,’” Cuomo added: On Thursday morning, another device was discovered at the production offices of Robert De Niro in Tribeca………………….CBS2’s Mobile 2 camera recorded exclusive video as the NYPD loaded it onto a containment vehicle.
De Niro released a statement Friday calling on Americans to vote.
“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” De Niro said. “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People must vote!”
All of the parcels were sent in similar packaging, and the devices were made to appear like active bombs. None of them detonated, which experts say will be helpful in tracing where the materials came from: Investigators are working to determine whether the bombs were just poorly designed or if they were simply meant to scare the recipients.
“We are treating them as live devices,” said NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill.
The devices are now being examined at the FBI’s laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.