Local

DOJ: Pipe Bomb Suspect Searched Targets, Photos Online

Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc searched for addresses of his targets online and had photos of many of them on his cellphone, including one of Michelle Obama’s driver’s license, federal prosecutors said in a letter outlining more evidence against him.

The letter sent by Justice Department prosecutors in New York to a Miami federal judge also says Sayoc began plotting the “domestic terror attack” in July while living in his van. The old white vehicle was plastered with photos praising Donald Trump and targeting his critics, depicting some of Sayoc’s alleged opponents with red crosshairs on their faces.

The FBI says Sayoc ultimately mailed 15 improvised explosive devices to prominent Democrats, Trump critics and media outlets before he was arrested in the van last week.

The 56-year-old Sayoc faces five federal charges in Manhattan carrying a combined maximum sentence of 48 years behind bars, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said in the letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres that Sayoc should remain jailed without bail. A detention hearing is set Friday in Miami, as well as a hearing on when Sayoc should be sent to New York to stand trial. Additional charges are likely, they said.

“Because of the powerful proof that the defendant perpetrated these acts, he poses a substantial danger to the community. In light of the consequences at issue and the likelihood of conviction, the defendant is also a substantial flight risk. Therefore, pretrial detention is appropriate,” the letter says.

Among Sayoc’s online searches for addresses, prosecutors said, were for former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire George Soros, California Sen. Kamala Harris, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Attorney General Eric Holder and for “cnn building.” The FBI recovered explosive devices sent to all of them, among others.

Sayoc’s cellphone contains photos of some of his alleged intended victims, the letter adds, including Soros, the homes of Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, and the driver’s license belonging to Michelle Obama.

The laptop computer found in the van also has a file with the address in Sunrise, Florida, of the office of U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. That office was used as the return address on the packages containing the pipe bombs, according to the FBI. The computer file was labeled “Debbie W.docx”.

In addition, prosecutors said the FBI so far has found DNA evidence linked to Sayoc from 10 of the improvised explosive devices and fingerprints on two of the mailing envelopes.

Sayoc was arrested last Friday outside a South Florida auto parts store after the pipe bombs began surfacing around the country. None of them exploded and no one was injured, but investigators say they contained real explosive material.

“The defendant also placed shards of glass in several of the IEDs for the apparent purpose of maximizing harm to his intended victims through the detonation of the devices that he had mailed,” prosecutors wrote.

(AP)

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Local

More in Local

1d6a2e882baa33621f9e13ef7e2a679f.jpg

WEATHER ALERT – Winter Storm Headed To Tri-State Area On Thursday

adminNovember 15, 2018
90a195e1a57cfc5f32ad81b29ebcbdbf.jpg

B&H Photo Slams NY Post For “False Article” Alleging Gifts Only To Jewish Employees Who Have Babies

adminNovember 15, 2018
e99e1116afe24a4eaf3adafa1cae01ee.jpg

WHITE HOUSE DRAMA: President Trump Mulls Wide-Ranging Cabinet Shake-Up

adminNovember 14, 2018
3b3a44f26342026f1979ce9c8afceb34.jpg

Amazon’s NYC Home In ‘Opportunity Zone’ For Trump Tax Break

adminNovember 14, 2018
e2f100a9aae0d51627d193fd18d34e34.jpg

FBI Report Shows 17 Percent Spike In Hate Crimes In 2017

adminNovember 14, 2018
3c169931a41b308c5ec2b9fc8f87b994.jpg

Lieberman Resigns From Defense Minister Post, Party Leaves Coalition; Calling for Elections; Bayit Yehudi May be Following Suit

adminNovember 14, 2018
5db02821f54970d68ac60f999d776211.jpg

Trump Calls on Florida Democrat to Concede, Implies Fraud

adminNovember 13, 2018
60268b87e44125cfcafbbce238415747.jpg

Amazon Splits Second HQ Between New York, Virginia

adminNovember 13, 2018
0a0234ba2c7cd6f60fce25e3634b16ac.jpg

SHOCK: Wisconsin High School Students Appear to Make Nazi Salute in Photo

adminNovember 13, 2018