Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests man in connection to mailing pipe bombs

Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests man in connection to mailing pipe bombs

Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc is expected to appear in a NY court on Tuesday.

Prosecutors have accused Sayoc of sending 16 improvised explosive devices to people like former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joseph Biden and billionaire investor George Soros, as well as to CNN.

Prosecutors say they will ask a judge to hold Sayoc without bail because he is considered risky.

None of the bombs exploded before being intercepted and no one was injured.

The former stripper and pizza delivery driver was arrested on October 26 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and charged with five federal crimes.

He was living in a van covered plastered with stickers of Mr Trump and images of some of the U.S. president's opponents with red crosshairs over their faces. He appeared taken aback, however, when Lehrburger noted that Sayoc is charged with assaulting federal officials, among other counts.

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His lawyer has questioned the evidence in the case.

Sayoc is accused of sending 15 devices fashioned like pipe bombs to targets including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, billionaire investor-philanthropist Georg Soros, actor Robert De Niro, CNN and others. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen.

A judge in NY on Tuesday ordered Cesar Sayoc held on mail-bomb charges. Cory Booker. Packages were also mailed to CNN in NY and Atlanta.

Prosecutors say the most recent bomb addressed to the liberal activist Tom Steyer was found in California on Friday - the same day that Sayoc appeared at a pre-trial hearing in Miami, Florida.

In a letter to ABC News Sayoc's mother, Madeline Sayoc, wrote that she had unsuccessfully tried to get him treatment for what she said was long-standing mental illness.

"Although the Government's investigation is ongoing, the evidence gathered to date demonstrates the dangerousness of the defendant and creates significant incentives for him to flee", prosecutors wrote.

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