Cesar Altieri Sayoc, the man suspected of being behind the recent slew of mail-bomb packages, has been arrested by federal authorities in Florida. Here’s what we know about the man suspected of mailing the suspicious packages to prominent Democrat political figures:
1. He has an extensive criminal record
Sayoc has been arrested countless times over the course of the past couple decades, for multiple felonies.
"Mail bomb" sender Cesar Sayoc priors:
94- Domestic Violence
03- Bomb threat
04- Illegal ID
04- Controlled substance
04- Evidence tampering
09- operating w/out license
15- Probation violation
+many traffic & drug arrests
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) October 26, 2018
The most prominent mark on his record is a post-9/11 bomb threat:
#BREAKING– I just obtained 2002 arrest affidavit related to Cesar Sayoc making bomb threat. It states he called FPL and said it would be 'worse than September 11.' #WFTV #CesarSayoc pic.twitter.com/vBnIQsFu1q
— Karla Ray (@KRayWFTV) October 26, 2018
2. A major Trump supporter
The Florida resident is an enthusiastic supporter of President Trump, often writing confusing screeds on social media showing his commitment to the president.
The suspect Cesar Altieri Sayoc has quite a social media footprint, pictures & videos of him at Trump MAGA rallies.
Posts by accounts on FB and Twitter appear to belong to him, show he seems obsessed with President Trump.
Social media posts targeting Democrats. pic.twitter.com/WF9kOVc2GJ
— Alexandra Limon (@AlexLimonNews) October 26, 2018
3. History of racist social media screeds
Sayoc has a long history of racist rants on social media that refer to former President Obama and others as a misspelling of the N-word.
4. Fingerprint and DNA traced to secure his arrest
In a press conference Friday afternoon, FBI Director Chris Wray explained that authorities used fingerprint and DNA samples to find Sayoc.
DNA nabbed mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc for law enforcement: Terror expert https://t.co/LrQjQYMLWq
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) October 26, 2018
5. Sayoc is charged with 5 crimes
As of now, the suspect is charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and other persons, threatening interstate commerce, and assaulting current and former federal officers. He faces up to 58 years in federal prison.
Sessions announces Cesar Sayoc is facing five fed counts, up to 58 years in prison: interstate transpo. of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and others, threatening interstate commerce, and assaulting current and former fed officers
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) October 26, 2018
In the news conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions added that Sayoc could face additional charges.
6. “These are not hoax devices”
Director Wray said, “Though we’re still analyzing the devices in our laboratory, these are not hoax devices.” None of the devices detonated.
"These are not hoax devices," FBI Director Christopher Wray said after announcing that 13 improvised explosive devices were sent to individuals around the country https://t.co/acrCVdqa3i pic.twitter.com/CiNSCzlpXC
— CNN (@CNN) October 26, 2018