A man suspected to be the culprit behind the explosive devices sent this week to prominent Democrats and CNN has been arrested in Florida. The “MAGAbomber” moniker turns out to have been accurate, as the man’s van was covered in pro-Trump stickers.
Now, we know the suspect’s identity. NBC News reports that man that’s been arrested is 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr. DNA evidence played a part in locating and capturing him. In a development that should be surprising to absolutely nobody, Sayoc is a registered Republican. He also appears to have a lengthy criminal record and at some point owned a dry cleaning business and catering business.
Public records show that suspect Cesar Sayoc is a registered Republican with an extensive criminal history who appears to have owned a dry cleaning business and a catering business.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) October 26, 2018
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The suspect in the bombing case, Cesar Sayoc, is a registered Republican with a criminal history dating to 1991.
It includes felony theft, drug and fraud charges, as well as being arrested and accused of threatening to use a bomb.https://t.co/2aXjHaeKrx
— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) October 26, 2018
An image has surfaced that appears to be his mugshot.
The Washington Post reports that Sayoc was was captured after two more explosive devices were discovered today in Florida and New York. The FBI and DOJ confirmed the man’s apprehension, adding that official information about the suspect will be shared with the public at a news conference later today. Trump tweeted that he will be sharing details himself as well.
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
Photographs of the suspect’s van have also emerged, and it’s covered in Donald Trump stickers and MAGA imagery. It’s hardly a surprising development, given the fact that the targets of the bombs were all prominent Democrats as well as CNN, people and organizations that President Trump repeatedly attacks in the media, calling them unAmerican, dangerous, and a whole bevy of other descriptors that could, and appear to have, infected the mind of an unstable radical.
Luckily, nobody was hurt by the bombs, but Trump’s continued refusal to accept responsibility for his actions make it possible that this could happen again.
— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) October 26, 2018
If only we had Sherlock Holmes to figure out the motives here. https://t.co/z4P80vP6aT
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) October 26, 2018
Check back for more details as they emerge.