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(PHOTO) Mail bomb suspect arrested in FL is identified

FBI agents. (Melanie Rodgers Cox/US Air Force)
October 26, 2018

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates as more information becomes available.

The Department of Justice and FBI have both confirmed that one suspect is in custody in connection with mailing suspicious packages containing pipe bombs.

UPDATE, 12:05 p.m. EST – The suspect has been identified as Cesar Altieri Sayoc, 56, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., two law enforcement officials told NY1 reporter Myles Miller.  Four law enforcement officials later anonymously confirmed Sayoc’s identity to the Associated Press, although they were not authorized to speak publicly on the case.

The suspect’s identity has not yet been officially confirmed by the FBI or DOJ.

Cesar Sayoc arrest mugshot in Broward County, Fla., August 30, 2015. (

Video footage showed the suspect’s white van with windows covered in political-themed stickers. Images were not clear enough to discern the stickers’ content before FBI officials covered the van with a blue tarp.


UPDATE, 11:35 a.m. EST – The suspect lives in Aventura, Fla. just north of Miami and 10 miles from the Opa-locka postal facility where the suspicious packages were originally sent through, a law enforcement source told Fox News. The man is a former New York resident and has a prior criminal history for making terrorist threats.


The suspect is described as a man “in his 50s,” and images showed a significant law enforcement presence outside an auto parts store in Plantation, Fla. on Friday morning, according to NBC News.

Sarah Isgur Flores, Just Department Director of Public Affairs, confirmed that the suspect is in custody in a tweet Friday morning, saying, “We can confirm one person is in custody. We will hold a press conference at the Department of Justice at 2:30pm ET.”

The FBI confirmation came shortly after.

The arrest follows the discovery of the 11th and 12th packages on Friday morning addressed to Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Ten other packages were sent to top Democrats earlier this week.

FBI officials confirmed earlier this week that they were following leads out of south Florida.