Authorities arrest Fla. man on mail bomb charges

Members of the Miami Dade County Bomb Squad walk outside a postal facility in Opa-locka Fla. late Thursday night. More

The Florida man arrested Friday morning in connection with the series of suspected explosive devices sent to notable Democrats around the country has been identified.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was proud to confirm that a suspect, Cesar Sayoc Jr. of Aventura, Florida, was in custody of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in relation to the suspicious device mailings over the past week.

Friday, packages addressed to New Jersey Sen. In one of his last posts, Mr. Sayoc posted a rant about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Obama, both of whom received packages this week.

"We will prosecute them, him, her, whoever it may be, to the fullest extent of the law", the president said at the White House.

Sayoc, who was previously known to law enforcement officials, has been arrested almost a dozen times in Florida, including a 2002 arrest for making a bomb threat.

He also has ties to NY and a criminal history.

Less than an hour before the man was taken in to custody, Trump posted a tweet that seemed to question the timing and veracity of the bomb scares.

The US president also returned to several of his most vitriolic attack lines against Democratic political opponents, despite the fact that the attempted mail bombs had been exclusively targeted, allegedly by an avowed Trump supporter, against leading liberal figures including several of those he demeaned.

Joe Sassin, who is in his 70s, said about a week ago he saw the white van being towed away from where it was parked in front of the condo along some trees near a canal. With that said, the suspect was charged Friday with "five federal crimes, including interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications, and assaulting current and former federal officers", said Sessions. He has been convicted on theft, stolen property and traffic charges and in 2002 on a threat to "throw, place, project or discharge any destructive device".

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Criminal records show Sayoc was arrested on multiple other occasions for fraud, tampering with evidence, drug possession and unlawful use of a driver's license. Two of the packages with explosive devices were addressed to the CNN New York bureau.

The first pipe bomb that was received came Monday in Northern Westchester at the Katonah home of billionaire business magnate and political activist George Soros.

The explosive devices were packed in envelopes with bubble-wrap interiors bearing six American flag stamps and the return address of Florida Rep.

Around 3 a.m., Mr. Trump lashed out at CNN accusing the cable network of blaming him for the bombs, tweeting "yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, 'it's just not Presidential!'"

Wray declined to say whether the devices could have detonated, saying that investigators are "still trying to determine whether or not they were functional".

Since Monday homemade bombs and other suspected explosive devices have been addressed to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Hollywood megastar Robert De Niro and a litany of figures loathed by the United States president's supporters. A total of 12 packages have been found so far.

FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said thorough examinations of all the packages were under way at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, near Washington DC.

On Wednesday, the Secret Service announced that they stopped two bombs in the process of being sent to Hillary Clinton and former President Obama.

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