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BREAKING: Arrest made in connection with suspicious packages mailed to prominent Democrats

An arrest has reportedly been made in connection with the mailing of suspicious packages to Democratic leaders and supporters. (Image source: NBC News video screenshot)

According to multiple reports, law enforcement has made an arrest in connection with the suspicious devices sent to prominent Democrats and Democratic leaders.

Update 10/26/18, 12:41 p.m.:

President Donald Trump addressed Cesar Sayoc's arrest during Friday's Young Black Leadership Summit.

During his speech, Trump said:

I'd like to begin today's remarks by providing an update on the packages and devices that have been mailed to high-profile figures throughout our country and our media organization.

I am pleased to inform you that law enforcement has apprehended the suspect and taken him into custody. Incredible job. We've carried out a far-reaching federal, state, and local investigation to find the person or persons responsible for these events. These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country.

I've instructed authorities to spare no resource or expense in finding those responsible and bringing them to swift and certain justice. We will prosecute them, him, her, whoever it may be, to the fullest extent of the law.

We must never allow political violence to take root in America. [We] cannot let it happen, and I am committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it, and to stop it now.

I have just concluded a briefing with the Department of Justice following the apprehension of the subject. I want to applaud the FBI, the secret service, the Department of Justice, the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, the NYPD, and all law enforcement throughout the entire country.

These people have worked so hard, and to have done it so quickly. They've done an incredible, incredible job and I want to congratulate them. The bottom line is that Americans must unify and we must show the world that we are united together in peace and love and harmony as fellow American citizens. There is no country like our country and every day we are showing the world just how truly great we are.

You can watch the rest of the president's remarks in the video below.



Update 10/26/18, 12:08 p.m.:

Multiple sources are reporting that the male suspect's name is Cesar Sayoc, who reportedly has a criminal record.

A new photo of the suspect's van has emerged, which features stickers that read "DISHONEST MEDIA," "CNN SUCKS," and several photos of prominent Democratic leaders with targets on them, such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, filmmaker Michael Moore, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and more.

You can also see another shot of what appears to be the suspect's van below.

 

Update 10/26/18, 11:42 a.m.:

President Donald Trump tweeted that he would be addressing the arrest shortly.

In a tweet following the news, Trump wrote, "I will be speaking at the Young Black Leadership Summit in 15 minutes where I will address the investigation into the bomb packages."

Update 10/26/18, 11:36 a.m.:

A photo of the van prior to the FBI covering it up with a tarp has emerged.

Photos on the van appear to feature President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, CNN, the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant, and various American flags.

(Image source: NBC News video screenshot)

Update 10/26/18, 11:23 a.m.:

New reports allege that the suspect is a 56-year-old male, who was taken into custody near a Plantation, Florida, AutoZone.

A white van purported to belong to the suspect is being towed away from the scene at the time of this writing. The white van in question was covered with what appeared to be stickers and notices, and FBI covered the van with a blue tarp almost entirely before loading it onto the flatbed.

(Image source: NBC News video screenshot)

(Image source: NBC News video screenshot)

DNA evidence reportedly links the unnamed mail to the suspicious packages.

In addition to the FBI, the NYPD and the U.S. Postal Inspector Police are on the scene.

What are the details?

CNN, The Associated Press, and CBS News have all confirmed through law enforcement forces that one person has been arrested in connection with the suspicious packages. The arrest was reportedly made around 10:30 p.m, and sources told WFOR-TV that a loud explosion was heard during the arrest.

CBS News reported that Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokesperson, said that a news conference is scheduled at 2:30 p.m.

Flores tweeted, "We can confirm one person is in custody. We will hold a press conference at the Department of Justice at 2:30pm ET."

CBS News also reported a heavy police presence in Plantation, Florida, where the suspect is believed to have been arrested and taken into custody.

This is a developing story and will be updated as events warrant.

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