The man arrested in connection with a string of potentially explosive packages sent to top Democrats around the country and CNN’s New York City headquarters this week this week has been identified.
CNN reports that law enforcement sources have identified the suspect as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc. He reportedly has a current address listed in Aventura, Florida, with previous ties to New York. He reportedly has a criminal history beginning in the 1990s, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records obtained by CNN. One of those arrests, in 2002, reportedly involved a threat to discharge an explosive device.
According to the New York Times, Sayoc is a registered Republican.
Law enforcement sources confirmed to the Daily Beast that Sayoc was arrested outside Miami, Florida, around 11 a.m. Friday after investigators had been tracing his movements via his cell phone. Authorities also seized a van believed to belong to the suspect. It was reportedly covered in stickers, some pro-President Trump and some with messages against media like “CNN Sucks” and violent imagery on images of Hillary Clinton and political filmmaker Michael Moore.
The Daily Beast located a Facebook account believed to belong to Sayoc, with posts that are “almost exclusively pro-Trump content,” according to the report. The Facebook account includes videos of Sayoc appearing to be taken at Trump rallies, and a Twitter account believed to belong to the suspect — @hardrock2016 — includes tweets critical of George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who was the first known target this week of the pipe bomb mailers, which were sent in manila envelopes to at least a dozen locations. None of the devices exploded and no injuries have been reported.
— Julus Cesar Milan (@hardrockintlent) October 22, 2018
A law enforcement source reportedly told the New York Times that Sayoc may be subject to questioning without the presence of a lawyer, because the circumstances invoke something known as a “national security exception.”
According to CNN, Sayoc is expected to be prosecuted by the Southern District of New York.
Cesar Sayoc will be prosecuted out of the Southern District of New York, according to two sources familiar with the case. Prosecutors have been working with Joint Terrorism Task Force investigators https://t.co/BDkjeGRjBl pic.twitter.com/IcMZmWokvE
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 26, 2018