By Chuck Ross
The 56-year-old man who has been arrested for sending mail bombs to Democratic politicians has been identified as Cesar Sayoc, Jr.
Sayoc, who resides in Aventura, Florida, north of Miami, was arrested Friday. He is suspected of sending at least 12 potential explosive devices to several Democratic politicians, including President Obama, the Clintons, California Rep. Maxine Waters and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.
Packages were also sent to billionaire financier George Soros and to the New York headquarters of CNN. The package sent to CNN was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who is an analyst for MSNBC.
Sayoc has a criminal history that includes charges for grand theft and felony distribution of steroids, according to publicly available records.
Sayoc was also charged in August 2002 with threatening “to throw, place, project or discharge” a destructive device.
Sayoc, whose race is listed as white in public records, also started a business called Native American Catering & Vending in September 2016. His social media accounts suggest that he claims membership in the Seminole tribe. His biography on a Twitter account he operated listed him as an events manager at the Seminole Hard Rock casino.
Sayoc’s Twitter account, which was discovered shortly after his arrest, sheds some insight into his potential motives. The account includes numerous memes criticizing Soros, the Clintons and Obama.
Sayoc’s van, which was found outside of an AutoZone store in nearby Plantation, Florida, displays similar political rhetoric.
Photos of the van showed it covered in pro-Trump stickers, including one that reads “Native Americans for Trump.” Other stickers show crosshairs over Clinton, Obama, and CNN host Van Jones.
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It remains unclear what charges Sayoc will face. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined comment, though the agency will hold a press conference Friday afternoon.
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