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MAGAbomber: Two new suspicious packages sent, one to Senator Cory Booker and another to James Clapper

Friday - 26/10/2018 19:39
PRESIDENT Donald Trump says he bears ‘no blame’ after a die-hard supporter was charged over sending deadly pipe bombs.
Some of the targets of the so-called MAGAbomber. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
Some of the targets of the so-called MAGAbomber. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

A FLORIDA man in his 50s has been arrested in connection to a series of mail bombs sent to key Democrats and critics of US President Donald Trump this week.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, from Aventura, Florida, was arrested 32 kilometres away from his home at a business in Plantation.

He has been charged with five federal crimes, including illegal mailing of explosives, threatening two former US presidents, and assaulting federal officers.

He has not been charged with any terror offences as yet.

Cesar Sayoc has been arrested suspected of being the MAGAbomber
Cesar Sayoc has been arrested suspected of being the MAGAbomberSource:Supplied

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FBI director Chris Wray said a fingerprint on the package to Congresswoman Maxine Waters matched Sayoc’s. They were then able to locate him by using GPS on his mobile phone, which led to his arrest.

He said there could still be more devices out there, that they were not ‘hoax bombs’ and warned the public to be vigilant.

Officials said he has a long criminal history and used to live in Fort Lauderdale, as well as another past address in New Jersey.

This frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV shows a van parked in Plantation, Florida. The van, which has several stickers on the windows, including American flags, was covered by a tarp as it travelled to an unknown location. Picture: AP
CaptionThis frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV shows a van parked in Plantation, Florida. The van, which has several stickers on the windows, including American flags, was covered by a tarp as it travelled to an unknown location. Picture: APSource:AP

After Sayoc was arrested, a van covered in pro-Trump bumper stickers was covered with a tarpaulin and taken to an FBI facility in Florida.

The stickers included slogans like “drain the swamp” and “CNN sucks”, as well as images of Hillary Clinton with a target on her face.

Sayoc’s tweets also accuse George Soros, one of the bomb targets, of paying off a victim of the Parkland mass shooting.

Cesar Sayoc has been arrested suspected of being the MAGAbomber. Picture: Supplied
Cesar Sayoc has been arrested suspected of being the MAGAbomber. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

The suspect is believed to be Native American, and according to a picture posted on social media, he is a member of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

His online footprint also suggests he is a former bodybuilder who worked in a strip club.

Public records have now revealed Sayoc has a series of criminal convictions dating back to the early 1990s, including for fraud, theft and drug charges — and most notably, a 2002 arrest for threatening to throw a bomb in a conversation with a Florida utility representative.

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