Mail Bombing Suspect Arrested; FBI Director Wray Says Not "Hoax Devices"
26 October, 2018
Update4: FBI Director Christopher Wray said during a Friday press conference that "these were not "hoax" devices," and that Sayoc's fingerprint was found on a package mailed to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). DNA on two IEDs linked to a sample from a prior arrest of Sayoc helped capture him.
Update3: Suspicious packages were intercepted in California on Friday addressed to Sen. Kamala Harris and billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The FBI and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department are on scene at a post office in south Sacramento investigating the possibility that a mail bomb similar to a dozen others mailed to prominent political figures and news organizations around the country has been found there, authorities say.
“We are investigating reports of a suspicious package in South Sacramento,” sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton said. “It resembles the ones that have been reported throughout the country.”
The facility was evacuated and closed, and FBI and U.S. Postal Service investigators and the Sacramento Fire Department were at the scene. A robot was being used to go in and out of the facility, and sheriff’s deputies were going door to door in the neighborhood telling residents to stay inside. -Sacramento Bee
According to the New York Times, citing public records, Sayoc has a lengthy criminal history dating back to at least 1991, including felony theft, drug and fraud charges, and being accused of a bomb threat.
Based on the Facebook posts, the person identifying as Sayoc was fixated on the idea America would be at risk of terror under Clinton.“Wake up America FBI director warns an attack like never seen before here in America will happen. We can’t afford risk American lives with Hilary Clinton. They will infiltrate refugees guaranteed,” the person wrote. -Yahoo!
According to The Times:
He claims to be Native American, and according to a picture posted on his social media page, he is a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Other information from his LinkedIn page suggests that Sayoc is Filipino.
The profile includes dubious claims that could not be immediately independently confirmed, including that Sayoc is a promoter for male striptease troupe Chippendales, and that he is enrolled in a veterinary medicine program. -Daily Mail
A law enforcement source tells the Miami Herald the arrest was made at an auto parts store in Plantation. Miami Herald news partner CBS4 reports a “loud explosion” was heard at the time of the arrest, possibly from an FBI flash bomb device. -Miami Herald
Department of Justice Director of Public Affairs, Sarah Igsur Flores, confirmed that one person is in custody. A press conference is scheduled for 2:30 pm ET.
President Trump, meanwhile, will address the investigation shortly:
According to security and terrorism expert, David Videcette, the man has previously made "terroristic threats" and was under surveillance for the past 24 hours.
The arrest follows the interception of two more suspicious packages Friday morning, addressed to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and former National Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper which was also addressed to CNN - bringing the total number of mailings to 13, after New York police say an X-rayed package revealed an object which appeared to be a pipe bomb.
(Previous list of recipients)
The device for Booker was addressed to his Camden, New Jersey office but was intercepted in Florida, while the device addressed to Clapper and CNN was found in a Manhattan post office, which was evacuated in response.