(CBS News) —
Cesar Sayoc fast facts:
- Cesar Sayoc, 56, was arrested Friday in South Florida. He has a lengthy criminal history.
- At least 14 explosive devices were found and authorities are still searching for more.
- The bombs were addressed to prominent Democrats and vocal opponents of President Trump.
- None of the homemade devices exploded; FBI Director Chris Wray said they are not “hoax devices.”
- Sayoc faces 5 federal charges and is expected to appear in court Monday.
Following a nationwide manhunt, federal authorities have arrested a 56-year-old Florida man accused of sending a series of explosive devices to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump. The suspect, Cesar Sayoc, was arrested Friday and charged with five federal crimes. He faces up to 48 years in prison.
Sayoc is accused of sending at least 14 homemade bombs to politicians including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others. According to a criminal complaint, investigators said packages sent to his intended targets included their photos with red X’s through them.
A fingerprint and a cell phone signal led investigators to Sayoc, who has openly and aggressively threatened Democrats online. Sayoc has an extensive rap sheet and has been an outspoken supporter of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump praised the quick arrest, saying, “These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country.” He also denied his political rhetoric may have inspired Sayoc.
Following his arrest, Sayoc was brought to an FBI office in South Florida where he was fingerprinted and processed, a law enforcement source told CBS News. He is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.
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“We made a mistake” not suspending suspect’s account, Twitter says
That account is one that belonged to Sayoc. After Ritchie’s tweet went viral, the company responded by saying that “tweet clearly violated our rules and should have been removed.”
Sayoc was a prolific poster and tweeterunder the name Cesar Alteri Ransazzo. He is a registered Republican who frequently lashed out at high profile politicians, actors and businessmen. He posted videos of himself at Trump rallies, and singling out many of the targets of the mail bombs including CNN..