Authorities have arrested a 56-year-old man in connection with the mail bombing incidents. The arrest of the man in Florida comes after several incidents aimed at those who have criticized US President Donald Trump.
US officials have revealed that the man’s name is Cesar Sayoc. The arrest comes after several incidents involving former presidents and movie stars. Fourteen items were sent in recent days, including one to former US President Barack Obama.
Authorities found other items in Florida and New York City earlier today. A few hours later, authorities discovered more in California. The incidents come just days before the mid-term elections.
Authorities have revealed the name of the man as well as the location where he was arrested. Reports say Mr. Sayoc was arrested at a car parts shop in the city of Plantation, Florida. FBI Director Christopher Wray said the man was detained after his fingerprint was allegedly discovered in one of the packages.
Authorities say Mr. Sayoc lives in the city of Aventura, Florida. Reports say he has a history when it comes to these type of incidents. In 2002, he was arrested after he made a bomb threat in Miami-Dade County. He received one year of probation for the incident.
Mr. Sayoc has a criminal record that goes all the way back to 1991. According to the records, he was first arrested at the age of 29 on a theft charge. He has also faced other charges in the past, including battery and fraud. Court records also say he filed for bankruptcy six years ago. He was living with his mother at the time, according to the court records.
Shortly after his arrest, live images showed a white van, which belongs to Mr. Sayoc, being taken away by authorities. A spokeswoman told BBC News that in 1980, he spent three semesters at Brevard College. The spokeswoman added that Mr. Sayoc did not finish his studies there.
US President Donald Trump spoke at an event shortly after the arrest of Mr. Sayoc. He praised authorities for the arrest of the suspect and said terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in their country.
The incidents were reported on Monday, when a suspected device was discovered in the post box of businessman George Soros. Several items have been discovered since, including two that were sent to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Former intelligence official James Clapper, who was one of the people that was sent a package, told CNN that this is definitely domestic terrorism. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is facing up to 48 years in jail. He said at a news conference that they will not tolerate such lawlessness.
Former president Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among the people that were sent devices. The FBI recently reported that a total of 13 devices were sent to 11 people. The FBI is now examining the devices and they have said some of them appeared to contain pipe bombs.