Federal authorities have arrested a suspect in connection to the pipe bombs mailed this week to prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump, the Justice Department confirmed.
The suspect has been identified as Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr., 56, of Florida, according to multiple news outlets. A white van covered in decals that reportedly belongs to the suspect was also seized as evidence.
Federal authorities have now focused their investigation on the state of Florida, since they believe many of the packages passed through a mail facility outside of Miami. Two more packages containing pipe bombs were discovered Friday, bringing the total number discovered so far to 12.
One was addressed to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker but was intercepted at a Florida mail facility. The other was addressed to James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, but was reportedly on its way to CNN’s offices in New York.
What we know about the suspect
- Cesar Sayoc Jr. of Florida was taken into custody in connection to the investigation, according to NBC News and the New York Times.
- A press conference will be held at 2:30 pm Eastern on Friday
- Sayoc has an extensive criminal history, including an arrest for a past bomb threat in 2002, according to the Washington Post and the New York Times.
- Federal authorities have seized a white van with decals on the windows in connection with the case, according to CNN and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
- President Trump addressed the arrest and the ongoing investigation at an event in Washington, DC, on Friday, saying, “We have carried out a far-reaching federal state and local investigation trying to find the person or persons responsible for these events … The events are despicable and have no place in our country. No place.”
What we don’t know
- The suspect’s motives
- Whether the suspect had any accomplices
- How the suspect was taken into custody
- What charges the suspect will face