MAGA Bomber

[SIZE=5]Fingerprint, DNA tie suspect to mail bombs, authorities say [/SIZE]

A man in Florida with a lengthy criminal record was arrested and charged Friday with sending 13 packagescontaining improvised explosive devices to high-profile figures across the country, authorities said.

The arrest came on the same day law enforcement found three more devices — in Florida, New York and California — and capped off an increasingly tense five-day stretch in which at least one explosive device was found each day, putting officials and potential targets on high alert. None of the devices detonated. All of them were sent to people who have criticized or clashed with President Trump, and authorities continued to warn Friday that others could still be out there.
Authorities arrested 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, who according to Florida records has a criminal history dating back decades that included including a past arrest for making a bomb threat.

Sayoc was charged Friday with transporting explosives across state lines, illegally mailing explosives, threatening former presidents and others, threatening interstate communications, and assaulting federal officials, according to charging documents. He could face decades in prison if convicted. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray referred to the 13 explosive devices recovered so far as “IEDs,” an abbreviation for improvised explosive devices. He said investigators were able to trace Sayoc after finding a fingerprint on an envelope containing a bomb sent to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), and that DNA found on two of the devices was a possible match to a sample previously taken from Sayoc during an earlier arrest in Florida.

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In this undated photo released by the Broward County Sheriff’s office, Cesar Sayoc is seen in a booking photo, in Miami. Federal authorities took Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Fla., into custody Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 in Florida in connection with the mail-bomb scare that earlier widened to 12 suspicious packages, the FBI and Justice Department said. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Inside the packages sent to three of the potential targets — former president Barack Obama, former CIA director John Brennan and Waters — was a picture of each person with red "X” marks, according to the criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.

Wray declined to say whether the devices could have detonated, saying that investigators are “still trying to determine whether or not they were functional.” But he said they did contain potentially explosive material, adding: “These are not hoax devices.”

The complaint also included details suggesting Sayoc’s antipathy toward the people and organizations targeted, including the news network CNN, where two of the packages were addressed.

“The windows of Sayoc’s van were covered with images including images critical of CNN,” the complaint said. The complaint also identifies a Twitter account that law enforcement officials believe Sayoc used, and noted that account contained misspellings consistent with those seen on the packages. The complaint also said one post made Wednesday criticized George Soros, the billionaire activist, who two days earlier had received an explosive.

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