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Bomb Suspect White Van: Stickers on Alleged Vehicle Show Trump Seal, Target on Hillary Clinton

After three days of similar suspicious packages containing explosive devices turning up across the country, the Department of Justice confirmed 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr. was arrested in connection with sending the pipe bombs.

Sayoc was taken into custody in Plantation, Florida, at an auto parts store around 10:30 a.m. on Friday. A white van, which was parked at the scene of Sayoc’s arrest, was towed by law enforcement officials. Photos from the scene show the van was covered with a blue tarp before being towed. It's unclear if Sayoc is the owner of the van. 

Along the windows of the van were what appeared to be stickers or decals of various photos of President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and those who have been critical of the president.

A high-resolution photo CBS News posted on Twitter showed one of the decals showed Trump’s face inside of what appeared to be a mock-up of the Oval Office seal. Pence also appeared in a sticker on the van and some seemed to be images taken from speeches the president and vice president conducted.

Multiple people shared photos of the van from different angles, including freelance journalist Lesley Abravanel, who posted a photo of the van on Twitter, showing one side of the car. Photos on what appeared to be the right side of the van showed former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and filmmaker Michael Moore with red targets on their faces. Another sticker showed Trump standing on a tank in front of an explosion.

Other stickers broadcast the words “CNN Sucks” and the words, “I am Donald Trump and I Approve This Message.”

At least 11 packages with the return address of Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz have been discovered by law enforcement and were addressed to various prominent Democratic figures. Recipients of the packages included:

  • Senator Cory Booker: One found in Florida
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden: Two found in Delaware
  • Representative Maxine Waters: Two found, one in Maryland and one in California
  • Democratic Billionaire George Soros: One found in New York
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: One found in New York
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder: One found in Florida
  • Former CIA Director John Brennan, care of CNN: One found in New York
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: One found in New York
  • Actor Robert De Niro: One found in New York

Each of the packages was sent in a manila envelope with several American flag stickers placed in the corner. The return address was listed as Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Inside, a law enforcement source told Newsweek was a “viable explosive device.” Fortunately, in all cases, the package was identified and handed over to law enforcement officials before anyone was harmed.

In a statement released on Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray called investigating the packages the agency’s “highest priority” and ensured that the perpetrator or perpetrators would be held accountable. Press secretary Sarah Sanders posted a statement on Twitter condemning the attacks and called them “despicable.”

GettyImages-1053055396 President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday. On Friday, a man was arrested in connection to various packages that were sent to prominent Democratic political figures. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

 

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