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Mail Bombing Suspect Identity Confirmed: 56-Year-Old with Arrest Record

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A South Florida man with a past criminal record was arrested on Friday in connection to the explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats this week.

“A law enforcement official identified the suspect as Cesar Sayoc, Jr., 56, of Aventura, Fla, just north of Miami,” The New York Times reported.

Sayoc has a criminal record dating back to 1991 that includes felony theft, drug and fraud charges, as well as threatening to use a bomb in 2002.

His most recent arrest was in 2015 for a probation violation, according to South Florida’s Sun Sentinal.

On Friday, authorities tracked him down to the parking lot of a shopping center in Plantation, Florida at 11 a.m. Eastern, according to The Washington Post.

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Sayoc is a registered Republican, who is originally from New York.

The Department of Justice plans to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Eastern to discuss the investigation and arrest.

Fox News reported that federal authorities had been focusing on Florida as the locations where are the majority of the 12 packages had originated.

“Some of the packages went through the mail,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen earlier told Fox News. “They originated, some of them, from Florida. I am confident that this person or people will be brought to justice.”

“The envelopes and packaging materials likely contained a treasure trove of DNA information. Tiny bits of genetic material — traces of sweat, skin cells, saliva, hair or fingerprints – are typically used as a roadmap to the suspect’s door, investigators and bomb experts say,” Fox reported.

Photos of the van, believed to belong to Sayoc, have popped up online. Federal authorities took possession of it Friday.

The van was covered with stickers, including those in support of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

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Trump addressed Sayoc’s arrest in remarks at the White House, saying: “We must never allow political violence to take root in America.”

He promised “swift and certain justice” and said the suspect would be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law.”

Trump praised the FBI, DOJ, the Secret Service, the New York Police Department and all law enforcement agencies involved for quickly finding the suspect.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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