Pipe bombs defendant faces 30-count indictment

Pipe bombs defendant faces 30-count indictment

Pipe bombs defendant faces 30-count indictment

Prosecutors followed through on a promise to upgrade the charges with an indictment that led with five counts alleging use of a weapon of mass destruction.

While searching the laptop and Sayoc's cellphone, investigators said, they found Internet searches to find addresses for his intended targets and their families.

Sayoc was ultimately arrested on October 26th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, thanks to forensic evidence recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on 11 of the bombs.

Sayoc's arrest capped a week of heightened national alarm about potential terrorism as the mysterious explosive-carrying packages were found across the country.

Prosecutors have alleged previously that Sayoc began planning to send the possible bombs - composed of six inches of PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery, wiring and what authorities termed "energetic", or possibly explosive, material - as far back as July. A white van that Sayoc reportedly lived out of was also covered in pro-Trump decals, and featured stickers of Trump critics with gun sights superimposed on their faces.

That office was used as the return address on the packages containing the pipe bombs, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They said they had linked him to fingerprint and DNA evidence the FBI Crime Lab recovered from some of the packages.

Sayoc had also amassed a list of more than 100 potential targets.

Prosecutors in the case said Sayoc sent packages to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former CIA director John Brennan, actor-director Robert De Niro, former national intelligence director James Clapper and billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros.

In a written statement, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman called the pipe bomb mailings "an assault on a nation that values the rule of law, a free press, and tolerance of differences without rancor or resort to violence". Sayoc lives in Fort Lauderdale but was arrested in Plantation, a suburb of Miami. He added that it took just five days to identify and arrest Sayoc.

Mr Sayoc, who was arrested on 26 October after a massive manhunt in Florida, is being held in detention in NY without bail. He is being held without bail. His attorney of record did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment.

The timing of Sayoc's transfer to NY is uncertain. "He would start talking about Hitler".

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