Suspect In Custody In the Mail Bombings to Top Democratic Leaders

Washington, D.C. (October 26, 2018) – The man police believe is behind mailing as many as 13 suspicious packages to top Democrats is apparently a big supporter and fan of President Trump.  56-year-old Cesar Sayoc was taken into custody by authorities today in Plantation, Florida.  According to numerous press reports, law enforcement authorities also confiscated a van covered with stickers supporting Trump and critical of Democratic officials.

Sayoc is registered as a republican and calls himself a booking agent and promoter.  He apparently is well known to law enforcement in Florida.  He has been arrested numerous times on a variety of violations, including grand theft and retail theft in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

The arrest, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions who was flanked by other top law enforcement officials, is the first break in the case that has seized the national conversation and spread fear of election season violence.  Justice Department officials revealed that a latent fingerprint found on one package helped them identify their suspects as Sayoc of Aventura, Florida.  Sayoc is charged with illegally mailing explosives, illegally transporting explosives across state lines, making threats against former presidents, assaulting federal officers, and threatening interstate commerce.

A Twitter account that sppears to belong to Sayoc, @hardrock2016, includes memes denouncing Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who is African American.  His social media accounts are peppered with memes supporting Trump, denigrating Democrats and promoting conspiracy theories.  Another post claims California Congresswoman Mazin Waters, a democrat, took money from Russians and calls her a “poverty pimp.”

Renee Nash

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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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