More details are being reported about the suspected bomber who was taken into custody earlier today. [See update at end of post.]
According to CNN, the suspect is a man in his 50s who lives in Aventura, Florida, a suburb just north of Miami. He was arrested at an auto shop in Plantation, and reportedly has a criminal history and “ties to New York,” possibly as a former resident. News footage showed a van allegedly belonging to the suspect being seized by authorities.
"We know a little bit more about this man who has now been taken into custody in connection with these mail bombs," reports CNN's @evanperez: "He's in his 50s, and he does have some New York ties. He has some criminal history."
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 26, 2018
Florida Gov. Rick Scott was briefed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on the latest information about the suspect and posted on Twitter his appreciation for their hard work and condemnation of the “cowardly acts” of the attempted bombings.
I have been briefed by FDLE on developments regarding the attempted bombings. ANY attempt to harm others is disgusting & has no place in Florida or our country. I appreciate the hard work of law enforcement to bring swift justice to whoever is responsible for these cowardly acts.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) October 26, 2018
UPDATE: NBC is reporting that the suspect is Cesar Altieri Sayoc, Jr. age 56. They are further reporting that the white van being shown in news footage did indeed belong to Sayoc and “had pictures of Trump and the presidential seal plastered to the windows.” The van has been seized by the FBI and towed to a secure facility.
BREAKING: Cesar Sayoc arrested, expected to be charged into connection with wave of pipe bomb packages; DNA evidence played a role in the arrest. https://t.co/cGecLIoN0f
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 26, 2018
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