After days of unsettle, authorities have arrested a suspect in the mysterious package bomb case that has upended the nation.
On Friday morning, law enforcement officials identified Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, of Aventura, Fl., as the possible culprit. He is suspected of sending a string of pipe bombs to critics of Donald Trump. Among those, Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker and Former Attorney General Eric Holder.
As reported by the New York Times, Sayoc is a registered Republican with a lengthy criminal record in Florida. He was arrested previously on drug and fraud charges and threatening to use a pipe bomb. His last arrest was in 2015.
According to early reports, Sayoc was apprehended outside of an auto parts store in Plantation, Fl. The Justice Department said that they tracked down Sayoc based on a fingerprint he left on Congresswoman Waters’ package. Although none of the suspicious packages detonated, the department confirmed that they were in fact actual bombs.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions briefed reporters on the matter and said that Sayoc faced up to 58 years in prison for five counts including threatening a former president and assaulting federal officers.