Update2: President Trump announced the apprehension and arrest, and says the suspect will be “prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Update: NBC News has identified the suspect as Cesar Sayoc Jr.
— Myles Miller (@MylesMill) October 26, 2018
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 26, 2018
Social media posts reveal that Sayoc attended at least one Trump rally:
Federal authorities arrested a Florida man at approximately 10:30 a.m. Friday in connection with a spate of suspected explosive devices mailed to prominent Democrats and anti-Trump figures over the past week.
According to CBS Miami, the man, 56, was arrested in the Miami area after discovering DNA evidence that led them to a packaging center, when then led them to the suspect – reportedly at a Plantation Auto Zone in Broward County, miles away from the Sunrise, FL office of Congresswoman Debbie Wassermsan-Schultz – the return address on the mailed devices.
The Miami Herald, meanwhile, reports that the suspect is from Aventura and is being questioned by FBI agents along with the joint terrorism task force.
A law enforcement source tells the Miami Herald the arrest was made at an auto parts store in Plantation. Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reports a “loud explosion” was heard at the time of the arrest, possibly from an FBI flash bomb device. –Miami Herald
.@evanperez reporting this morning that the man arrested in connection with the pipe bombs, according to a law enforcement source, is in his 50s, with Aventura FL address. He has a criminal history and ties to New York, source says.
— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) October 26, 2018
Suspect arrested in pipe bomb case had right wing & Trump stickers all over his van. His political affiliations are not yet confirmed, but one can get a pretty good idea from his targets. And his van stickers. https://t.co/xJpCACCNvf pic.twitter.com/XwrQq9Qqn8
— Boing Boing (@BoingBoing) October 26, 2018
And there you go. pic.twitter.com/BFx1Q5MrCo
— Brian Sack (@brian_sack) October 26, 2018
— America's Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) October 26, 2018
Department of Justice Director of Public Affairs, Sarah Igsur Flores, confirmed that one person is in custody. A press conference is scheduled for 2:30 pm ET.
We can confirm one person is in custody. We will hold a press conference at the Department of Justice at 2:30pm ET.
— Sarah Isgur Flores (@whignewtons) October 26, 2018
President Trump, meanwhile, will address the investigation shortly:
I will be speaking at the Young Black Leadership Summit in 15 minutes where I will address the investigation into the bomb packages.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018
According to security and terrorism expert, David Videcette, the man has previously made “terroristic threats” and was under surveillance for the past 24 hours.
Man arrested is a white male in his 50s who was previously a New York resident and has prior for ‘terroristic threats’.
He’s been under surveillance for the past 24 hours.
Seems that’s his van in the shot here. Very interested to see what it says on the side… https://t.co/Z4G1QXLcfr
— David Videcette (@DavidVidecette) October 26, 2018
The arrest follows the interception of two more suspicious packages Friday morning, addressed to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and former National Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper which was also addressed to CNN – bringing the total number of mailings to 13, after New York police say an X-rayed package revealed an object which appeared to be a pipe bomb.