Sayoc is said to have been traced by DNA and phone records, and was flagged as a suspect after making previous terror threats to judges.
Meanwhile, photos have emerged of a van linked to Sayoc covered in pro-Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton stickers. Suspected MAGA bomber Cesar Sayoc filmed himself in MAGA hat at Trump rally The van was seen being covered up by law enforcement officials after Sayoc was arrested.
An older picture dug up by an eagle-eyed tweeter appears to show a picture of Hillary Clinton’s head sat in between a set of crosshairs. Another sticker reads ‘Dishonest media CNN sucks,’ with numerous other pro-Trump pictures, including one describing its driver as a Native American Trump supporter.
Other images on the van include a photoshopped image of Trump atop a tank while a bomb explodes in the background. Yet another sticker reads: ‘I am Donald Trump & I Approve This Message.’
Social media pages that appear linked to Cesar Altieri Sayoc displayed evidence of emotional turmoil and political anger before he was arrested on Friday and identified as the suspect behind 12 mail bombs sent to leading Democrats, prominent activists, and members of the media.
There are multiple Facebook accounts, a Linkedin, and a Twitter page that appear to belong to Sayoc. They show his name and display many photos that strongly resemble the man who was taken into custody by the FBI on Friday. The postings appear to be from an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump who despised many Democrats.
The person identifying himself as Sayoc described himself as an entrepreneur, or as he put it on Linkedin, a “Promoter, booking agent Live entertainment, owner, choreographer.” In multiple pictures, the person identifying as Sayoc can be seen wearing a pro Trump “Make America Great Again” hat and attending Trump campaign rallies. In the months leading up to Trump’s election in 2016, the Facebook pages regularly promoted articles containing bizarre conspiracy theories about Democrats — including allegations Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, sold weapons to the jihadist group ISIS, claims Democrats were “buying votes,” and rumors of an imminent Muslim terror attack.
Based on the Facebook posts, the person identifying as Sayoc was fixated on the idea America would be at risk of terror under Clinton.
“Wake up America FBI director warns an attack like never seen before here in America will happen. We can’t afford risk American lives with Hilary Clinton. They will infiltrate refugees guaranteed,” the person wrote.
Cesar Altieri Sayoc has been arrested in connection with the suspicious packages that were sent across the country to various liberal personalities and to CNN’s headquarters in New York City. Sayoc was first named as the suspect by NY1’s Myles Miller. Sayoc is 54 years old and is a resident of Aventura, Florida. Sayoc is originally from the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
It was that CNN’s reporter, Shimon Prokupecz, who first tweeted that a suspect had been taken into custody. The arrest took place in Plantation, Florida, on the morning of October 26. Plantation is a suburb of Fort Lauderdale, located a few miles west of the city. Multiple sources reported that Sayoc’s arrest took place outside of an auto parts store close to State Road 7 and Southwest 6th Street in the area.
At least some of suspicious packages contained explosive devices, authorities said. Law enforcement officials said that the packages were “nearly identical” to each other. It had earlier been reported that the investigation into the packages was focused in Florida.
According to the FBI, all of the suspicious items were sent in manila envelopes with bubble wrap interior. The packages had computer-printed address labels and each envelope had six Forever stamps. All of the packages had a return address of “DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ” [sic] in Florida. Nobody was hurt by the explosives, which were all intercepted and successfully disabled by law enforcement officials.
One of the packages was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder but did not reach its intended destination. It was rerouted to the return address in Florida.
Here’s what you need to know:
Sayoc Is a Registered Republican; His Family Was Involved in Fighting the Communist Party of the Philippines
According to online records, Sayoc is a registered Republican, registering with the GOP in Florida in March 2016. Sayoc, who goes by Cesar Altieri Randazzo on Facebook, attended a Donald Trump rally in October 2016:
On his LinkedIn page, Sayoc says that his grandfather, Col. Baltazar Zook Sayoc, was a martial arts practitioner who developed his own style of fighting, Sayoc Kali. Sayoc says that style was used to fight the Communist Party of the Philippines. There is a detailed website about the fighting style.
On that LinkedIn profile, Sayoc calls himself a promoter, booking agent and choreographer of a male stripping show as well as burlesque shows in the Miami-area. Sayoc says that he graduated from Brevard College, N.C./Univ of N.C. at Charlotte.” Sayoc says he attained a Bachelor of Arts in numerous subjects as well as studying veterinary medicine. Sayoc writes on that profile that it was his dream to become a “horse doctor.” Sayoc says on his Twitter page that he is a former professional soccer player and cage fighter.