Police in Florida have arrested the man, who sent bombs to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, actor Robert de Niro and a number of other leading Democrats and other critics of President Donald Trump. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the man arrested was one 56-year-old Florida resident Cesar Sayoc Jr.
Sayoc was later charged with five federal crimes related to at least 13 mail bombs sent to top names in the US politics.
Reacting to the development, Trump said the Sayoc’s acts were ‘despicable and have no place in our country.’ He tweeted, “I would 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 a media org. I am pleased to inform you that law enforcement has apprehended the suspect and taken him into custody.”
His subsequent tweet read, “I want to applaud the FBI, Secret Service, Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorneys’ Office for the Southern District of New York, the NYPD, and all Law Enforcement partners across the Country for their incredible work, skill and determination!”
Two more mail bombs were discovered in Florida and New York City on Friday morning. A BBC report said that two more were later discovered in California. Billionaire and Democrat donor Tom Steyer said that a package sent to him had been intercepted at a mail facility in Burlingame, and another addressed to Democrat Senator Kamala Harris was reported in Sacramento.
Sayoc reportedly owned a white van, which is covered with photos of Trump, the presidential seal, and the insignia of the Republican Party, according to London’s Independent website. Officials in Plantation, Florida, said that the van was seized before taken to a secure facility. Several American cable news channels broadcast the van’s movement live with aerial footage from a helicopter.