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6 things we know about mail-bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc

Cesar Altieri Sayoc, the man suspected of being behind the recent slew of mail-bomb packages, has been arrested by federal authorities in Florida. Here’s what we know about the man suspected of mailing the suspicious packages to prominent Democrat political figures:

1. He has an extensive criminal record

Sayoc has been arrested countless times over the course of the past couple decades, for multiple felonies.

The most prominent mark on his record is a post-9/11 bomb threat:

2. A major Trump supporter

The Florida resident is an enthusiastic supporter of President Trump, often writing confusing screeds on social media showing his commitment to the president.

3. History of racist social media screeds

Sayoc has a long history of racist rants on social media that refer to former President Obama and others as a misspelling of the N-word.

4. Fingerprint and DNA traced to secure his arrest

In a press conference Friday afternoon, FBI Director Chris Wray explained that authorities used fingerprint and DNA samples to find Sayoc.

5. Sayoc is charged with 5 crimes

As of now, the suspect is charged with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and other persons, threatening interstate commerce, and assaulting current and former federal officers. He faces up to 58 years in federal prison.

In the news conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions added that Sayoc could face additional charges. 

6. "These are not hoax devices"

Director Wray said, "Though we're still analyzing the devices in our laboratory, these are not hoax devices." None of the devices detonated.

 

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