Man Arrested in Connection With Suspected Mail Bombs

A packet with similar content to devices that appeared to be an explosive was sent to actor Robert De Niro in the building where the actor's producer Tribeca Productions and his restaurant Tribeca Grills are located in New York

All 10 packages went through the USA mail, according to multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation. But they were uncertain whether the devices were poorly designed or never meant to cause physical harm.

Authorities from across the U.S, government, including the director of Homeland Security, have either tied the bombs to south Florida or said they "originated" here.

The news came on a day when three more packages with potential bombs were discovered.

Police in NY said they were responding to a suspicious package in midtown Manhattan, just blocks from where one of the explosive devices was found earlier this week at CNN's offices in the Time Warner Center. Earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders condemned attempted violence and said they would continue to direct federal resources toward the investigation. "Make no mistake", NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said.

They were addressed to leading Democrats, media organizations and prominent critics of the president. The devices were being examined by technicians at the FBI's forensic lab in Quantico, Va.

The wave of suspected bombs on Wednesday and Thursday targeted well-known Democratic Party figures and critics of Trump as a manhunt intensified for a serial bomber less than two weeks before congressional elections on November 6. Even with the sender still unknown, politicians from both parties used the moment to decry a toxic political climate and lay blame.

"It's become so bad tempered and spiteful that it is beyond all description", he added. "Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!" he wrote.

Inside the packages sent to three of the potential targets - former President Barack Obama, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan and Waters - were a picture of each person with red "X" marks on them, according to the criminal complaint, filed by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY. The connection between this attack and hateful, violence-encouraging rhetoric is not hard to see.

Suspicious packages have been seized in New York, Washington, D.C., Florida and California.

And, just as the other packages, the one sent to De Niro had six American-flag stamps arrayed in two rows.

Law enforcement officials described the devices as PVC pipes stuffed with what appeared to be fireworks powder and glass.

A police bomb squad was responding to a post office in Midtown Manhattan to check out the item, which was discovered by postal workers. There is no information to suggest she sent the packages. Trump said on Twitter at about 3:15 a.m. EST on Friday.

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"This division, this hatred, this ugliness, it has to end", Biden said. At the NY briefing, authorities confirmed that at least some of the packages were distributed through the USA mail, and cautioned that there could be additional devices in the postal system. Bomb experts and security analysts say that based on their rudimentary construction it appeared they were more likely created to sow fear rather than to kill.

The tape on the pipe is "an investigator's dream", he said, recalling a case in Texas that was solved because the fibres on the tape were traced to the bomber's dog.

Wray said 13 bombs had been recovered, but there may be others. Officials don't think they were sitting in the system without being spotted. It remains unclear if this man acted alone or had help, this person said.

FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney would not confirm the origin of the packages Thursday despite reports that investigators believed some came from Florida.

The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation says the suspect arrested in the mail bombs sent to prominent Democrats was found in part using fingerprint evidence and possible DNA. Soros has called Trump's presidency "dangerous".

On Thursday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praised a security guard for his "quick-witted work" in notifying authorities about the package addressed to De Niro.

Clapper, who is a commentator on CNN, called in to the cable network to say on the air, "This is definitely domestic terrorism".

That package was originally sent to the office of former Attorney General Eric Holder. All 10 of the similar-looking packages discovered since Monday had return addresses from Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat whose district is in southern Florida.

When asked by a reporter whether there might be more bombs that have yet to be discovered, NY police Commissioner James O'Neill said it was unclear.

"Let's get along", he said.

You can also see another shot of what appears to be the suspect's van below.

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