A suspect has been charged with five federal crimes in connection with more than a dozen suspicious packages sent in a U.S. mail bombing spree, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday.
The name of the man detained in connection with the pipe bomb scare is Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida, according to law enforcement officials.
News reports the man in custody is in his 50s, and CNN reports the man has a criminal history and has ties to NY, where some of the bombs had been sent.
Last night a law enforcement source said the investigation was focusing on leads in Florida.
The american police has initiated a large-scale manhunt to find the perpetrator or perpetrators of the 10 suspicious packages sent to leaders of anti-Trump, but the mystery remained Thursday about their identity, in a folder that has considerably strained the climate at the approach of the legislative american.
A suspicious package addressed to Democratic Sen. The one addressed to Holder ended up at the Sunrise, Fla., office because its address to Holder was incorrect, officials said.
Authorities have found two more suspicious packages, one addressed to Democratic Senator Cory Booker and another to James Clapper, the former USA director of national intelligence.
A package recovered at a Manhattan postal facility on Friday was addressed to Clapper, a CNN contributor, at the network.
Like the other intended recipients of the packages, Booker and Clapper have been critics of Trump.
Trump was briefed on the arrest by chief of staff John Kelly, a White House official said, and the President was planning to make remarks early Friday afternoon. The news about the latest packages broke on Friday morning, shortly before the president's tweet. "Very unfortunate, what is going on", Trump wrote on Twitter. "Republicans, go out and vote!".
"I'm not suggesting a direct cause and effect relationship between anything he's said or done and these - and the distribution of these explosives", Clapper told CNN. It was found at a New York City postal facility and was similar to the other packages, the official added.
Cesar Sayoc, 56, a registered Republican with a criminal past, born in NY and who lived in a van covered in pro-Trump and anti-liberal stickers, was arrested outside a strip mall in Florida.
Similar packages addressed to Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama were intercepted on their way to Chappaqua, New York, where Clinton lives with former President Bill Clinton and to Washington, where Obama lives with his wife, Michelle.
The bombs seized Wednesday were about 15 centimetres long and packed with powder and broken glass, according to a law enforcement official who viewed X-ray images.
On Thursday, the investigation widened with the discovery of three additional packages.
CBS News reported that Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice Department spokesperson, said that a news conference is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. "I am confident that this person or people will be brought to justice".
An FBI investigation remains ongoing.
The packages were "clearly an effort to terrorize people politically, to choose people for political purposes and attack them due to their beliefs", New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Even though the devices have been sent to top Democrats and other public figures, investigators are declining to comment on a possible motive including if politics are behind this crime spree.
The FBI called them "potentially destructive devices" - so either the bombmaker was good enough to ensure none would go off and never intended them to explode, or they were poorly constructed.