New charges brought against suspect in attempted U.S

Lester Mason
November 10, 2018

The indictment did not include federal prosecutors' previous allegations that Sayoc mailed similar bomb-laden packages to former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden. Sayoc, 56, was arrested on 26 October on five charges carrying a potential sentence of almost 50 years.

Before the indictment, Sayoc had been accused in a criminal complaint that included five federal charges, including illegal mailing of explosives and making threats against former USA presidents and others.

The 16 IEDs all had "approximately six inches of PVC pipe packed with explosive material, a small clock, and wiring" according to prosecutors. The indictment covers packages mailed to victims in the southern district of NY.

Sayoc now stands accused of mailing 16 explosive devices, despite law enforcement officials previously alleging that he sent 11 critics of the United States president a total of 13 different devices.

He was charged by a grand jury in Manhattan on Friday following his October 26 arrest in Plantation, Florida. They also identified him by studying his social media accounts, analyzing the contents of the posts as well as their misspellings.

Prior to the arrest, the registered Republican was living in a van plastered with pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers.

The packages Sayoc is accused of mailing to Hillary Clinton, former CIA director John Brennan, actor-director Robert De Niro, and former national intelligence director James Clapper contained photos of the recipients that were marked "with a red 'X, '" prosecutors said. Authorities also said they found Internet searches for victims' addresses on his cell phone.

No one was injured, as the bombs failed to detonate.

Update 10/26/2018: Native American Trump supporter Ceasar Sayoc was named as the pipe bomb mailer suspect that was arrested in Florida today. "He now faces justice from a nation of laws". He was held without bail.

Sayoc was initially to appear in court three days ago.

The case was randomly assigned to U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff.

Sayoc's attorney, Sarah Baumgartel, did not immediately respond to NPR's requests for comment.

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