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Arrest made in connection with pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats


Federal authorities have arrested a man in Florida in connection with the series of suspected explosive packages mailed to prominent Democrats this week.

Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman with the Justice Department, confirmed on Twitter that one person is in custody, announcing a press conference later in the afternoon.

Multiple news organizations identified the suspect as Cesar Sayoc, a man is in his 50s with an Aventura, Fla., address. He reportedly has a criminal history and ties to New York.

The suspect was arrested near Plantation, Fla., in the district represented by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), whose office was listed as a return address on several of the packages.

FBI agents were seen in media footage from near where the suspect was arrested covering up a white van that appeared to be covered in political stickers and decals.


Two more suspicious packages, in addition to the 10 from earlier this week, were found Friday, one addressed to Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in Florida and another discovered in New York addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Potential pipe bombs and suspicious packages were sent to prominent Democrats, Trump critics and the CNN offices in New York this week in what appeared to be a coordinated effort.

The first explosive device was discovered Monday night at the home of Democratic philanthropist George Soros in Westchester County, N.Y.

The Secret Service intercepted packages sent to the residences of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as former President Obama on Tuesday.

CNN evacuated its offices on Wednesday after a package was delivered to the mailroom of the Time Warner building in New York addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, a frequent critic of President Trump who works as a contributor for MSNBC.

Packages also arrived at Wasserman Schultz’s office, as well as the California offices for Sen. Kamala Harris (D) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D).

None of the devices have detonated, and no injuries from them have been reported.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump condemned the packages ahead of a bill signing at the White House on Wednesday.

“I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify. We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America,” Trump said.

"We are extremely angry, upset, unhappy about what we witnessed this morning and we will get to the bottom of it," he added.

On Friday, Trump lashed out at the media, accusing them of “blaming” him for the series of bombs.

“Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’” Trump tweeted shortly after 3 a.m. on Friday morning.

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