Aventura Man In Custody Related To Suspicious Packages

Federal authorities have taken a man in Plantation, Florida, into custody in connection with the suspicious packages sent to high-profile Democrats and others, law enforcement officials said.

The man taken into custody has been identified at 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida.

Cesar Sayoc was a delivery man for Papa Johns Pizza in Hollywood. Customers and fellow employees recognize him and the van that was apprehended in the case. 

A photo taken in Aventura in December 2017 show Sayoc's van with multiple political stickers on it.

The windows of the suspect's vehicle were plastered with decals of President Trump, Vice President Pence and other images, including negative images targeting the media. Sayoc is a registered Republican.

Sayoc was taken into custody in Plantation Friday morning in the area of State Road 7 and Southwest 6th Street.

There was a heavy police presence in the parking lot of an auto parts store in the area. FBI agents were seen placing a covering over his white van that was in the parking lot.

Criminal charges for Sayoc in South Florida date back to 1991, when he faced several parking and traffic violations in Broward County.

In 2002, Sayoc faced a felony bomb threat charge in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office said files for the 2002 arrest have already been destroyed.

In 1991, Sayoc pleaded guilty to grand theft to the third degree and given probation until 1993 in Broward County. Sayoc, who went through a Fort Lauderdale foreclosure in 2009, pleaded no contest to felony grand theft and battery charges in 2013.

In 2014, Sayoc faced a misdemeanor charge of theft in Hollywood in which he violated his previous probation. He pleaded no contest to that charge and received credit for time served.

Sayoc also faced a larceny and theft charges in 1992 and 2014 in Miami-Dade County.

The Florida Department of Justice held a 2:30 p.m. press conference to discuss the arrest and latest developments on the matter. 

 

Sayoc faces five federal charges including making credible threats against past presidents. If convicted, he faces up to 58-years in prison.

President Donald Trump also addressed the arrest earlier Friday. 

"these terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country," said President Trump. "We must never allow political violence to take place in America." You can listen to his full remarks, below: 

 

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