Bombing Suspect Identified

Police respond to a report of a suspicious package in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, October 26, 2018. (Mike Segar/REUTERS)

Updated 1:02 p.m.

A 56-year-old Florida man was arrested Friday on suspicion of mailing a dozen packages containing potentially explosive devices to prominent liberal figures known as outspoken critics of President Trump.

Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr. of Aventura, Fla., who owns a white van apparently adorned with pro-Trump stickers that was confiscated by the FBI, was identified in part due to DNA evidence, law-enforcement officials told NBC News.

Federal authorities picked up Sayoc, a registered Republican who has ties to New York, in Plantation, Fla., the same area where a postal facility processed several of the suspicious packages he mailed.

Sayoc has a long criminal record of at least ten arrests for threatening to deploy bombs, possessing a stolen vehicle, and selling steroids, among other violations.

The arrest comes after packages targeted former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former CIA director John Brennan via the Manhattan office of CNN, Hillary and Bill Clinton and George Soros at their homes homes, former president Barack Obama, former vice president Joe Biden, actor Robert De Niro, Representative Maxine Waters, Senator Cory Booker, and former attorney general Eric Holder.

The return address on all of the packages was the Florida office of Democratic representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

Investigators are examining the devices, which are similar to pipe bombs, to determine whether they were meant to detonate or simply to cause chaos ahead of the midterm congressional elections.

The suspect owns or manages two businesses, Native American Catering and Vending and Ver Tech AG.

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