PLANTATION, FL – A Florida resident was identified Friday as the suspect who sent a dozen pipe bomb packages mail-bomb scare to prominent critics of President Donald Trump, several law enforcement officials said.
DNA evidence played a role in the arrest of Cesar Sayoc, Jr., 56, according to CNN and the Associated Press. He has a residence in Aventura, Florida.
Photo of suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr. pic.twitter.com/dvjEApfhAL
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Sayoc’s white van was seized by the FBI and hauled off to a secure facility.
WSVN posted this video of his arrest.
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) October 26, 2018
Sayoc was born in New York.
Sayoc was sentenced in August 2002 for threatening to throw a bomb in a conversation with a Florida utility representative, according to Ronald Lowy, a Miami attorney who represented him. Dade County court records showed Sayoc served a year’s probation after a judge signed a discharge certificate in November 2002.
Lowy told The Associated Press that Sayoc “made a verbal threat when he was frustrated at a lack of service.” Lowy said Sayoc showed no ability at the time to back up his threat with bomb-making expertise.
The lawyer said Sayoc was a bodybuilder then.
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.
Investigators had his fingerprints from previous arrests.
Public records showed a Cesar Sayoc listed with an address in Aventura, Florida, and a past address in Fort Lauderdale, as well as another past address in New Jersey.
Here is a full breakdown of all the people targeted and what they were sent.