It looks like law enforcement have arrested their man (Cesar Soyac Jr. in his 50s), responsible for at least 12 manila envelops containing home-made pipe bombs that were mailed to Democratic Party icons around the USA and who have been on the republican President Donald Trump’s hit list of those who he feels have been overly critical and/ or unfair to him. At his numerous campaign rallies, he frequently talks about his list of enemies, those he blames for just about everything.
This reign of domestic terrorism started on October 22, 2018 with the first pipe-bomb package having been found in the mail box of George Soros. As of October 26, 2018, postal workers found 13 more manila envelop pipe-bomb packages.
It looks like Mr. Soyac was arrested in the Plantation, Florida area. He does have a criminal history and some past connection to New York. Law enforcement are in process of taking his van to undergo forensic testing. Witnesses has noted that were words seen on the van, along the lines, “CNN sucks.
As per NYT, “A law enforcement official identified the suspect as Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, of Aventura, Fla, north of Miami.”
• “Mr. Sayoc, a registered Republican, has a lengthy criminal history in Florida dating back to 1991 that includes felony theft, drug and fraud charges, as well as being accused of threatening to use a bomb, public records show.”
The FBI and other law enforcement held a press conference where they confirmed that this widespread act of domestic terrorism was for real and that the pipe bombs were not hoaxes, as some on the right have been trying to claim.
This is a developing story.
On October 26, 2018, William K. Rashbaum, Alan Feuer and Adam Goldman of the New York Times, “Man Arrested in Connection With Pipe Bombs Sent to Trump Critics”
“Federal authorities made an arrest on Friday (10/26/18) in connection with the nationwide bombing campaign against outspoken critics of President Trump.
It was not immediately clear who had been taken into custody, but a man was arrested in Florida, three law-enforcement officials said. One of them said the man was in his 50s.
“The arrest came only hours after the mysterious spate of pipe bombs spread further as federal authorities said on Friday morning that they had found two more of the explosive devices: one addressed to Senator Cory Booker and the other to James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence.”
“The package addressed to Mr. Clapper was meant to be delivered to the New York offices of CNN, where he works as an analyst, but was intercepted at a mail facility in Midtown Manhattan, police officials in New York City said. The package addressed to Mr. Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, was found in Florida, which two people briefed on the matter have said has become a focus of the intense, nationwide investigation into the bombs.”
“At a news conference on Friday morning, John Miller, the New York Police Department’s deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter-terrorism, said a postal worker at the mail facility on 52nd Street recognized the package addressed to Mr. Clapper as similar to other suspicious packages discovered this week and “froze it in the system.”
“The department’s bomb squad responded to the facility and secured the package for delivery to an F.B.I. lab in Quantico, Va., Mr. Miller said. Speaking on CNN on Friday, Mr. Clapper said he was not surprised that a device had been sent to him.”
“This is definitely domestic terrorism,” Mr. Clapper said. “Anyone who has in any way been a critic, publicly been a critic of President Trump, needs to be on an extra alert.”
“While he and his wife were away from their home this week, he added, he told his neighbor not to collect their mail.”
“All together, 12 crude explosive devices have been found since Monday, sent through the mail to a host of Democrats and other prominent figures who have been among Mr. Trump’s most vocal detractors. The packages — virtually identical in plain manila envelopes — have been addressed to former President Barack Obama; former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Representative Maxine Waters of California; former Attorney General Eric Holder; John O. Brennan, a former C.I.A. director, the actor Robert De Niro; and George Soros, the billionaire Democratic donor.”
“All of the packages have been marked with return addresses from Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat. None of the devices inside have exploded on their own so far, and investigators are still seeking to determine whether they were even capable of detonating. But the authorities in New York and elsewhere have warned that the devices should be considered dangerous.”
“All of the envelopes had return address labels bearing the misspelled name of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat whose district is in southern Florida.”
The first package was discovered on Monday afternoon at the suburban New York home of Mr. Soros. While investigators initially thought that some devices were hand delivered, they now believe it is likely all of them were sent in the mail. Using information collected by the United States Postal Service, investigators have focused their attention on certain Florida postal centers, including one in Opa-locka near Miami.