Monday, 10 December, 2018

Pipe Bomb Suspect Indicted, Charged With Using WMD

Image Update Pipe Bomb Suspect Charged with Using Weapon of Mass Destruction Image #5 Cesar Sayoc Indicted On Charges Carrying Potential Life Prison Penalty
Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2018, 17:51

In an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors charged Sayoc with 30 criminal counts, including multiple counts of using a weapon of mass destruction and interstate transport of explosives.

He was arrested October 26 at an auto parts store, and charged with five federal crimes, including transporting explosives across state lines, threatening former presidents and assaulting federal officials.

The charges include the use of a weapon of mass destruction, interstate transportation of explosives, illegal mailing of explosives and threatening interstate communications.

None of the devices - some of which arrived at NY addresses - exploded. Sayoc was held without bail, after being arrested outside a south Florida auto parts store.

A message left with Sayoc's lawyer was not immediately returned.

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Sayoc appeared in NY earlier this week after being transferred from Florida. A van linked to Sayoc has also emerged, showing heavy anti-Hillary stickers and pro-Trump stickers plastered all over its surface.

Federal prosecutors said Cesar Sayoc mailed as many as 15 pipe bombs to politicians including the Obamas, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens.

In the indictment, prosecutors noted that an improvised explosive mailed to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua, New York, contained a picture of Clinton and members of her family marked with a red "X". A device sent to CNN's NY headquarters and addressed to former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan forced the evacuation of the Time Warner Center last month.

"Cesar Sayoc allegedly targeted former high-ranking officials such as President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and others, as well as CNN, by sending explosive packages to them through the U.S. Postal Service", said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY. A new hearing to arraign Sayoc on the indictment charges has yet to be set. The following morning, a string of similar packages were discovered across the country, including one which was found in the mailroom of CNN's midtown headquarters. At that time, he will enter a plea to the charges.