Next to the Pro Trump stickers, which are plastered everywhere on the white van, Cesar Sayoc is one of the names and photos of dozens of prominent Democrats and media figures – former President Barack Obama, Rep. Maxine Waters, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder. There is also a sticker with the inscription: "CNN Sucks."
Sayoc's social media accounts were similar to the Liberals – celebrating President Trump.
Together, they painted a portrait of a man who combined a deep contempt for the Democrats with extreme reverence for the President and his policies.
Authorities arrested Sayoc on Friday and identified him as a suspect in the escalating letter bomb scare This included at least 13 suspicious parcels sent to political and media representatives, including many displayed on the delivery van. Sayoc was charged with five federal crimes, including explosives and threats against former presidents, and could face up to 48 years in prison if convicted.
Sayoc, a 56-year-old registered Republican, lives in Aventura, Florida., Near the facility where many packages were sent, authorities said. In a lawsuit, the authorities said they had taken one of his fingerprints from the device sent to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) And calibrated a DNA sample from two of the devices to Sayoc. He was taken into custody near the white delivery van.
Sayoc, previously known to law enforcement, has been arrested in Florida nearly a dozen times, including a 2002 bomb threat. His criminal record in that state extends into the early 1990s, beginning with his arrest for theft at the age of 29, according to the state records. Other charges of theft, wholesale theft and fraud would soon follow in the southern part of the state.
In the bomb threat of 2002, Sayoc pleaded guilty without charge and was sentenced to probation, according to records.
According to the Miami-Dade County jail, Sayoc Florida called Power and Light and threatened to blow up the local electricity supplier. Sayoc said, "It would be worse than September 11," and also threatened the FPL representative he spoke to when the company was cutting down its electricity.
Debra Gureghian, managing director of New River Pizza & Fresh Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale, said Sayoc worked as a van driver for several months until he left in January.
"He was crazy, that's the best word for him," she said. "There was something wrong with him."
The white delivery van with which he wanted to deliver pizzas was covered with disturbing images, she said, and so the restaurant demanded that he put it down on the side where it was not visible] "They were cut-off dolls Heads, mannequins with their heads cut off, Ku Klux Klan, a black person who was hung up, anti-gay symbols, torches, bomb attacks, you name it, it was all on his truck, "Gureghian said.
He was stopped because he made his job reliable, and good drivers are hard to find, she said. But he bothered his staff with racist comments and lyrics.
"He was very angry and mad at the world, black people, Jews, gays," she said. "He always talked about it, if I had complete autonomy, none of those gays or blacks would survive." He never said that he would kill or murder or bomb them, he just said: "If I had complete autonomy, the blacks and the Jews would not survive. "He was very, very strange."
A lawsuit dismissing Sayoc said he had been in the strip club industry for 35 years, including in a club called Stir Crazy. In the same statement, Sayoc claims that he was also a professional wrestler, a Chippendales dancer, a professional footballer in Milan, and an arena footballer in Arizona. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall, with brown eyes and brown hair, according to police, and he has a scar on his left shoulder.
Sayoc's relatives could not be reached immediately for a comment on Friday. An attorney who had previously represented him refused to speak at his law office to speak Friday and said, "We know why you are calling, and we have no comment."
Daniel Aaronson, a lawyer who has represented Sayoc over the years, said none of his clients was "as polite and polite and as respectful as I am" like Sayoc. He said Sayoc never talked about his political views; if he did, it might have sparked a quarrel.
"Actually, I'm a Democrat," Aaronson told the Washington Post. "I'm very proud of some of those involved … so if he had said something like that, I would certainly have noticed it because we were in a political discussion."
In one case, Aaronson said, became Sayoc was tried for theft because he had taken a suit to a department store. In another, he said, Sayoc was charged with theft after going through the cash register in a store and walking in his shopping cart with an item he had not presented to the cashier.
Aaronson said Sayoc had never talked about explosives, and the only claim that he was violent came in the course of department store theft.
"When he was arrested, they charged him with battery charging at the store detective, but frankly, my memory of the events was that he was tackled," Aaronson said.
Social media profiles that appeared to belong to Sayoc were full of conspiracy theories and antipathy to liberals. A Twitter account on his behalf mentions billionaire philanthropist George Soros 34 times, Barack Obama 29 times and Hillary Clinton 21 times. Spelling mistakes in the report were in line with those on the packages, the authorities said.
A tweet contains a picture of Holder, one of the persons who was hit by a pipe bomb. "This man was murdered for political reasons and got away with it," says the tweet.
Another claims Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg is a paid protester, aided by Soros, who received a pipe bomb in his mailbox on Monday. A video clip on the Twitter account shows a photo of Sayoc participating in a Trump rally. A "Make America Great Again" sign stands behind him, and the crowd sings the name of the president.
"Happy Birthday (the) biggest president Ever Trump Trump Trump", who reads Tweet.
A Facebook page that was probably Sayocs, who was disabled shortly after his arrest, was filled with pro-Trump's anti-liberal memes.
Sayoc attended Brevard College in North Carolina, where he was listed as a member of the football team, according to the Football Association, as a school yearbook. He was also listed as a member of the Canterbury Club, a religious organization. An annual photo shows him behind a man in a bishop's coat.
His arrest took place on Friday after authorities had found a dozen parcels in several states, all aimed at prominent Democrats, Trump critics and the CNN news network, the devices had exploded and nobody was hurt, but the incidents took place The officers were on high alert as they worried about how many additional devices were still undetected.
After news of Sayoc's arrest was broken, FBI agents and other law enforcement officers You could see a blue tarp draped over a van in a South Florida car park before being loaded onto a truck and chased away.
President Trump, seen on many photos of Sayoc's van, praised the police who made the arrest?
"We will prosecute him, him, whoever it may be, to the fullest extent of the law," said the President in the White House. "We must never allow political violence to take root in America, and I pledge to do everything in my power as President to stop it and stop now."
Florida's Lori Rosza and Andrew Ba Tran, Lindsey Bever, Shawn Boburg, Alice Crites, Alex Horton, Jennifer Jenkins, Abby Ohlheiser and Julie Tate in Washington contributed to the report.
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