- The Washington Times - Friday, October 26, 2018

Cesar Sayoc, 56, has been identified as the suspect taken into custody in suspicious packages case.

A Florida man was arrested and was being questioned Friday in connection with the string of pipe bombs sent to prominent critics of President Trump.

The Justice Department and FBI confirmed the arrest and had a press conference scheduled for later in the afternoon to give details about their investigation, which began with the first bomb delivered to billionaire liberal donor George Soros.

Several news outlets identified the suspect as Cesar Sayoc Jr. The arrest was made at an AutoZone store in Plantation, Florida.

Footage from a news helicopter showed a white van under a blue tarp being carted away. Photos showed the van’s windows were covered with political stickers.

The stickers on the van included “CNN Sucks” and other pro-Trump and anti-Democrat messages, which tracks some of President Trump’s campaign-trail rhetoric.

Friday’s arrest came after authorities announced they’d recovered two more suspicious packages. One was addressed to Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey Democrat, and other was addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who is now a CNN commentator.

The device sent to Mr. Booker was discovered at a mail sorting facility in Opa Locka, Florida, where authorities believe the suspected packages were shipped.

In New York, police closed multiple streets in Manhattan after the package addressed to Mr. Clapper was discovered at a mail sorting facility.

Authorities confirmed the package was safely removed from the city and will be transferred to an FBI facility in Virginia.

Since Monday, bomb-like devices were discovered addressed to top Democrats including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden and former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Mr. Trump announced he will address the latest developments in this case around noon at the Young Black Leadership Summit. The Justice Department also scheduled an afternoon news conference. 

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, the president once again praised law enforcement for their efforts and said the arrest was “like finding a needle in a haystack.”

When asked about Mr. Sayoc’s social media posts, Mr. Trump said, “I heard he was a person that preferred me over others.”

• Jeff Mordock can be reached at jmordock@washingtontimes.com.

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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