Bomb Threat Suspect Cesar Sayoc Was An Aspiring Pro Wrestler

by Garry Watts October 27, 2018, 13:16
Bomb Threat Suspect Cesar Sayoc Was An Aspiring Pro Wrestler

This frame grab from video provided by WPLG-TV shows Federal Bureau of Investigation agents escorting Cesar Sayoc, in sleeveless shirt, in Miramar on Friday.

On Friday, federal authorities arrested 56-year-old Florida resident Cesar Sayoc in connection with more than a dozen pipe bombs that were mailed to high-profile Democrats and prominent critics of President Donald Trump this week.

His arrest capped a week in which the bombs aimed at some of America's biggest names - Obama, Clinton, De Niro - dominated the news and invited speculation about who might be responsible for them.

The former Miami police investigator said it was impressive, but not shocking, that federal agents made an arrest in the package bomb case so quickly.

Most of those targeted this week were past or present United States officials, but packages also were sent to actor Robert De Niro and billionaire George Soros.

His van featured multiple pictures of Mr Trump on its windows, including one of the president standing atop a tank and another of him giving two thumbs up. The van also had photos of Clinton and other Democrats with bulls eyes superimposed on their faces.

Sayoc had worked in recent years as a pizza delivery driver. "And I'm committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it and to stop it now".

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Sayoc even seems to have stumbled across a Polish conspiracy news site, tweeting out a wildly false claim that Angela Merkel had been conceived using Adolf Hitler's frozen sperm. He called a Florida school shooting survivor a "fake phony", peddled theories about George Soros, the billionaire political donor targeted this week by a package bomb and denigrated other Democrats who were later the intended recipients of explosive packages.

Rochelle Ritchie worked for the Spokane news station from 2007 to 2009 and now makes regular appearances on Fox News as a Democratic strategist. The tweet warned her to "hug your loved ones real close every time you leave" home.

Regardless, his history of run-ins with the law meant he was in law enforcement's database - and when an initial lab analysis of the suspicious packages turned up a fingerprint on the parcel destined for Waters, investigators were able to confirm it was a match. Sayoc misspelled words on posts that matched some of those on the packages. Several posts contained anti-Muslim statements. There was not enough evidence to identify a suspect, according to the records.

He last saw Sayoc at a holiday gathering five years ago, and he said Sayoc sent some racist texts to him afterward.

Sayoc left to pursue a professional wrestling career and later started his own company. He lives in Aventura, just north of Miami, and describes himself as a promoter, booking agent and choreographer. He had a bankruptcy filing in 2012.

Despite the modesty of his caper, Bloomington police reports say Sayoc behaved more like an arch criminal following his arrest, "continuously thrashed around in the backseat" and "kicking the passenger seat", according to the Star Tribune. Among his personal assets listed were $50 in clothing, a 2001 Chevy Tahoe worth $2,975, and a $1,150 tax refund, according to Talking Points Memo. Sayoc also told co-workers that he was an American Indian from the Seminole tribe, that he lived on the reservation, and that he had done work for the Hard Rock Casino. Court records available online did not immediately provide further details about the case, but his lawyer in the case told The Associated Press the case involved a heated conversation with a Florida utility representative.

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