The story that has gripped our nation for multiple days has now seemingly come to an end with the arrest of a suspect in Florida today, October 26th, 2018. Beginning earlier this week, the packages were observed to contain crude pipe bombs filled with shrapnel.
The throughline between all intended targets were vocal decriers of President Trump, with names such as Former President Barack Obama, Former Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton, investor George Soros, former Vice President Joe Biden, famous actor Robert De Niro and various other people of political power including senators and politicians, totaling at the moment of publication at 13 packages.
According to The New York Times, the arrested suspect has been identified as 56-year old Cesar Sayoc Jr., a resident of Aventura, Florida, located north of Miami. He was arrested at a business 20-miles from his home, and authorities also towed a van adorned with images of Donal Trump’s face as well as several politically charged bumper stickers including “CNN sucks,” it should also be noted that an employee of CNN was also targeted for these attacks.
Cesar Sayoc has a bit of a checkered past when it comes to crime; dating back to 1991 he has been charged with various crimes including fraud, drug charges, felony theft, and perhaps most relevant, he was charged and arrested with previously threatening to use explosive devices in the past.
President Trump was quick to condemn the man’s actions at every step as to not condone these acts of terrorism against members of the competing party, from both Sayoc as well as potential copycats in the future. In a speaking engagement today at the White House, President Trump applauded the police force responsible for Sayoc’s arrest and shared that: “We must never allow political violence to take root in America.”
This story is still developing as Sayoc has yet to be formally charged, and the potential for more explosive packages being delivered still exists. Please be sure to check back for more details as they are revealed.
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