The man accused of mailing bombs to Democrats and Trump critics has been arrested, and a picture on a window of his van includes some important clues.
After his arrest, details emerged about the suspect’s criminal record — which includes terrorist threats and domestic violence — as well as photos of the dozens of stickers and pictures on his van. One photo of the suspect’s van taken in April 2018 may prove to be a boon for investigators.
Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, yep a MAGA Bomber. Sayoc formerly lived in the NY area & has prior arrests for terrorist threats & domestic violence. Investigators used DNA and cell ph evidence to track him. Van pic taken by a motorist in April 2018. #InstigatorTrump pic.twitter.com/ZylMdEn9Ee
— Brenda Johnson (@TucsonVoice28) October 26, 2018
On the back passenger-side window of the van, there are numerous prominent Democratic-aligned and leftist figures with crosshairs over their faces including former President Barack Obama, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and CNN anchor Van Jones.
Just above the Van Jones sticker (which also displayed the slogan “CNN Sucks”) is a sticker with “THE SWAMP to be drained” at the top, and the faces of Democrats below. Many of the faces shown on the sticker are people who received pipe bombs in the mail earlier this week including President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, the Clintons, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida), former Attorney General Eric Holder, and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
Other faces on the image in the van window include those of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California), MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile, and civil rights activist Al Sharpton.
President Trump celebrated the arrest of the mail bomb suspect, saying “terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country.”
“We must never allow political violence. I’m doing everything in my power as president to stop it and stop it now,” said Trump (who has repeatedly called for political violence).
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