The U.S federal authorities on Friday arrested a 56-year-old Florida man accused of sending a series of explosive devices to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump.
Cesar Sayoc was arrested at an auto parts shop in the city of Plantation, Florida, and has been charged with five federal crimes. He faces up to 48 years in prison.
Sayoc is accused of sending at least 14 homemade bombs to politicians, including former President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others.
A single fingerprint left on a package posted to a Democratic congresswoman was crucial to ending the manhunt. The fingerprint and a cell phone signal led investigators to Sayoc, who has openly and aggressively threatened Democrats online.
Sayoc’s white van was covered in stickers celebrating Republicans and denouncing the president’s opponents. Sayoc has an extensive rap sheet and has been an outspoken supporter of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump praised the quick arrest, saying, “These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country.” He also denied his political rhetoric may have inspired Sayoc.