October 29, 2018

US law enforcement agencies intercepted at least 14 packages allegedly containing small amounts of explosive material, addressed to prominent Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials, as well as key DNC supporters, between Oct. 22-26.

Some of the suspicious packages were recovered without incident, though others triggered evacuations and brief transport disruptions in New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Miami, Sacramento, and elsewhere. So far, all suspected explosives have been neutralized, and no injuries have been reported. Police have one suspect, Cesar Sayoc, in custody; it is unclear whether Sayoc acted alone. Additional devices will likely be found in the coming days.

All suspected "pipe bombs" were reportedly shipped via the United States Postal Service (USPS) or private courier. There is a distinct targeting pattern, the incidents are linked, and the effort was clearly planned well in advance. Sayoc reportedly used the same post office in Florida to send the devices.

Police arrested Sayoc, a 56-year-old man from Aventura, Fla., on Oct. 26. Sayoc has a criminal arrest record stretching back to 1991, that includes felony theft, drug battery, fraud, and battery. He was also previously arrested for threatening to bomb the Florida Power & Light Company in 2002. He is a registered Republican and owns a van covered in pro-Trump and other politically charged decals. He declared bankruptcy in 2012, and several indicators suggest that Sayoc was homeless or living in his vehicle.

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