UPDATED 4:30 p.m. EST:
Two more packages addressed to Senator Kamala Harris and billionaire Tom Steyer were discovered in California on Friday, hours after the arrest of domestic terrorist Cesar Sayoc Jr., the SFGate reports.
Sayoc was arrested in Plantation, Florida and charged with five federal crimes after he sent a total of 14 discovered packages to prominent Democrat officials and critics of Trump. Harris has vocally condemned Trump and his divisive polices while Steyer has headed a prominent investment firm and donated billions to Democratic candidates in 2016.
The package sent to Harris was addressed to her Sacramento district office, while the package sent to Steyer was discovered at a post office in Burlingame.
Harris’ camp sent out a statement condemning the planned attack:
“Earlier today, Senator Harris’ office was informed that a suspicious package, similar to those that have been sent to other elected officials, was sent to our Sacramento district office. Our understanding is that a trained postal employee identified the package at a Sacramento mail facility and reported it to the authorities. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Senator Harris is enormously grateful to law enforcement officials across the country who have worked so hard over the past week to keep our fellow citizens safe. At this moment, it is incumbent upon leaders across the political spectrum to take seriously the power they hold. It is the responsibility of our leaders to use their role as public figures to elevate our discourse and bring people together.”
UPDATE 12:30 p.m. EST:
Authorities have identified the man as Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56 a resident of Aventura, Florida, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
He faces charges for five federal crimes, which include mailing an incendiary device and threatening a former president. If found guilty, he faces up to 58 years in prison, according to an announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Sayoc, a registered Republican was tracked down after authorities found his fingerprints on a package he sent to Rep. Maxine Waters, the outlet reports.
Sayoc was taken into custody Frida at an AutoZone in Plantation, Florida. His white van littered with GOP and Trump stickers, was seized by authorities as part of the investigation.
A cousin who spoke on condition of anonymity to NBC News described him as troubled individual.
“He’s always been a little bit of a loose cannon. He’s always been a lost soul. Too many steroids in his day. That stuff will melt your brain,” the cousin said.
Sayoc has had a string of priori arrests: in 2002 he was arrested and pleaded guilty for threatening to throw a bomb. In 1992 and 2014 he was arrested for theft. Sayoc was placed on probation, but was not given a formal conviction for the 2002 incident the outlet reports.
UPDATE 11:15 a.m. EST:
Florida Officials have taken a man into custody in relation to the string of suspicious packages addressed to critics of Donald Trump, according to NBC News. Authorities say the man is a Florida resident in his 50’s.
A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed the news via Twitter Friday morning.
The announcement was made on the same day officials intercepted two separate packages addressed to Senator Cory Booker and Former Director of Intelligence, James Clapper, in Florida and New York.
Investigators have probed a Florida post office in Opa-Locka as several packages sent to 12 recipients over the past week emanated from that particular location.
ORIGINAL STORY: Suspicious Package Addressed To Cory Booker Found In Florida
The recent string of suspicious packages now totals at 12 after two packages addressed to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, were discovered on Friday. Clapper served under the Obama administration.
Police intercepted the package addressed to Booker at a Florida post office in Opa-locka, where sources believe some of the packages were processed. Authorities have launched a full investigation into the location, as an ongoing nation wide manhunt is underway.
The package addressed to Clapper, care of CNN, was located at a mail distribution center in Midtown Manhattan on Friday morning, according to CBS New York. NYPD officials blocked off 52nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues while the package was placed in a containment vehicle and taken to Rodman’s Neck gun range in the Bronx.
Authorities believe prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump were intended targets in the string of mailings. Each package had a return address for address of Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former head of the Democratic National Committee.
Since Monday, packages have been addressed and intercepted to the following individuals: George Soros, Former Secretary of State Hillary & Bill Clinton, President Barack & First Lady Michelle Obama, former CIA Director John Brennan, Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Robert De Niro, and Former Vice President Joe Biden.
The White House initially condemned the packages, however President Trump has continued to make eyebrow raising statements, condemning the mainstream news media and some of the package recipients.
The investigation, initially launched by the Secret Service, also includes the FBI as authorities ask for the public’s help. The FBI has set up a hotline at 1-800-CALL-FBI or, users can submit a tip online anonymously here.
Authorities say the packages, which contained pipe bombs, haven’t actually detonated, which will be helpful in figuring out where the materials come from. Investigators also want to conclude whether or not the bombs are poorly designed, or just used as a scare tactic.