Authorities intercepted all packages before they were delivered to their intended targets. None of the bombs were detonated, and no…
Authorities intercepted all packages before they were delivered to their intended targets. None of the bombs were detonated, and no one was injured.
Authorities have intercepted at least 14 packages, officials said. They were addressed to:
Billionaire investor George Soros: One package was delivered to his home in New York. It was reported to police Monday and rendered safe.
Hillary Clinton: One package was addressed to the former Secretary of State in New York, but intercepted by the Secret Service on Tuesday evening. Clinton’s home is in Chappaqua, but the secret service said the package was addressed to her in the broader Westchester County.
Barack Obama: One package was sent to Washington but intercepted by the Secret Service at a screening facility. The Secret Service reported the existence of this package Wednesday.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder: This package, announced Wednesday, was addressed to him but sent to the Florida office of Democratic US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Democratic US Rep. Maxine Waters: Two suspicious packages were announced Wednesday: one intercepted at a congressional mail-screening facility in Maryland and a second at a postal facility in Los Angeles.
John Brennan: A “live explosive device,” according to New York police commissioner James O’Neill, was addressed to the former CIA director and delivered by courier to CNN’s offices at the Time Warner Center in New York. It was discovered Wednesday morning.
Actor Robert De Niro: A suspicious package sent to him at the Manhattan building where his production company was based was reported to police Thursday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden: Two packages were intercepted at post offices in Delaware. Authorities reported their discovery Thursday.
Democratic US Sen. Cory Booker : A package addressed to Booker’s Camden, New Jersey, office was found in Florida and is similar in appearance to the others, the FBI said Friday.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper : A The package addressed to Clapper and CNN was found at a New York City postal facility, a law enforcement official said Friday.
Democratic US Sen. Kamala Harris : A suspicious package addressed to Senator was found in Sacramento, California, a law enforcement official said Friday. An FBI agent said it appears to be related to the other packages.
Democratic donor Tom Steyer : A suspicious package addressed to Steyer was found in Burlingame, California, officials said Friday. Law enforcement officials said the suspect is believed to have sent the package.
FBI agents used flash bangs to arrest Sayoc and took him into custody near an AutoZone store in Plantation, a law enforcement official said. He was initially cooperative and told investigators that the pipe bombs would not have hurt anyone and that he did not want to hurt anyone, the official added.
A white van – adorned with images of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as well as a “CNN Sucks” sticker – in Plantation was towed away Friday to Miramar, Florida, where an FBI field office is located. The official said Sayoc had been kicked out by his parents and was living in the van.
He later retained an attorney, so police inquiry has ceased, the official added.
Investigators suspect Sayoc was making mail bombs inside the van , two law enforcement sources said. They found soldering equipment, stamps, envelopes, paper, a printer and powder, the sources said.
Angela Fiore, owner of a property management company in Miramar, told CNN she saw a huge law enforcement presence – the FBI; The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Police and sheriff’s officials – at a nearby parking lot Friday morning.
“We see it on the news, all of these packages that were sent to these Democratic Hotshots, and then suddenly it’s right across the street from us , “Fiore Customs CNN.”
DNA found on at least one of the packages helped investigators identify Sayoc, and investigators were also able to track him using his cell phone, law enforcement officials said.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said a latent print found on an envelope sent to Waters, the California congresswoman, came from Sayoc.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Sayoc currently faces five counts: interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and other persons threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers. He faces up to 48 years in prison.
He is set to make a court appearance at 2 p.m. Monday in Miami before a federal magistrate.
Sayoc was not previously known to the Secret Service, law enforcement sources said, but Florida records show a string of arrests dating back to the early 1990s.
Notable was a 2002 arrest in which Miami police allegedly said Sayoc threatened to bomb the florida power and light co. and said that “it would be worse than September 11th.”
Online state records describe the offense as “threat to bomb” and “threaten to discharge destructive device.” They show that Sayoc pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of probation.
The records show a total of eight arrests for offenses, including grand theft, battery, fraud and drug possession, as well as probation violations. In 2014, he was arrested and later pleaded guilty to stealing copper pipes at a Home Depot.
The adjudication of each of the arrests could not be immediately determined from the summary of offenses provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.