Bomb suspect set for Florida court appearance

A New York police officer walks a bomb-sniffing dog into the Time Warner Center in New York on Oct. 24 2018. Bloomberg

A New York police officer walks a bomb-sniffing dog into the Time Warner Center in New York on Oct. 24 2018. Bloomberg

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that Sayoc, who at various times has worked as a night club disc jockey, bouncer and pizza delivery driver, could face up to 48 years in prison if he is convicted.

This frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV shows Federal Bureau of Investigation agents escorting Cesar Sayoc, in sleeveless shirt, in Miramar, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

According to an Instagram post made by Michael Moore, Cesar Sayoc, the man accused of mailing 14 bombs to prominent Democratic figures and Trump critics, could have ended up in the filmmaker's most recent movie Fahrenheit 11/9.

A lone fingerprint and a set of misspellings helped point Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to a Florida man with a long criminal record now charged with mailing home-made bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump has accused the media of trying to "score political points" with their coverage of a suspect held in connection with a series of pipe bombs sent to critics of the USA president.

He nearly certainly had no idea that lab technicians had linked DNA on two pipe bomb packages he was accused of sending to prominent Democrats to a sample previously collected by Florida state authorities. Then a fingerprint match turned up on a separate packages that authorities say he sent.

The front page of the print edition of the Post on October 28 blamed Trump for both the synagogue shooting and the mail bombs, proclaiming, in a news headline, that "Trump, allies set the tone for the violence they denounce, critics say".

On Friday President Trump decried the mail bombs as "terrorizing acts" and said whoever was responsible would be prosecuted to "the fullest extent of the law", the Post reported.

Sayoc was arrested around 11 am Friday outside an AutoZone auto fix shop in Plantation, Florida, about 20 miles from Aventura, officials said.

Sayoc was previously known to law enforcement officials and has been arrested almost a dozen times in Florida, including a 2002 arrest for making a bomb threat. "He has often referred to major news organizations as 'the enemy of the people, ' and has shown contempt for CNN", a New York Times article stated two days before the bomber was caught. That package was intercepted in California, officials said.

Following the arrest, speaking at an event for young black conservatives, Mr Trump said "we must never allow political violence take root in America", saying the country "must unify".

Sayoc posted his political views on social media and was prolific on his two Facebook accounts and three Twitter feeds, often posting provocative photos and memes attacking liberals.

"We have seen an effort by the media to use the sinister actions of one individual to score political points against me and the Republicans", he told supporters.

They ordered him to the ground, Fiori said, and he did not resist.

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