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Everything we know about suspected mail bomber Cesar Sayoc

“You wouldn’t get much of a smile out of him. Definitely not the kind of guy who you were going to tell a knock-knock joke to and get a laugh out of.”

by Tess Owen and Rex Santus
Oct 26 2018, 6:13pm

Early Friday morning, authorities arrested a 56-year-old Florida man named Cesar Sayoc in connection with a spate of mail bombs that have been targeting prominent Trump critics for the last week.

Sayoc, a registered Republican who was born in New York, has a long criminal history dating back to 1991, with charges ranging from felony theft to drug offenses to fraud. Authorities say DNA evidence played a role in identifying Sayoc as a suspect.

He was most recently arrested on felony battery charges in 2014 and was sentenced to one year of community supervision. And in 2002, public records show, Sayoc was arrested on charges of making bombing threats.

According to documents obtained by the New York Times, Sayoc filed for bankruptcy in 2012. A handwritten note on the petition noted that Sayoc “Lives w/mom,” and, “Has no furniture.”

At one point, Sayoc was working with the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, Florida, which often puts on events including MMA events. Mitchell Chamale, an MMA fighter, told VICE News he remembers coming across Sayoc a few times back in 2013, when the Hard Rock hosted some of his events. Sayoc was working security or event promotion.

“He was a very stoic, serious guy,” said Chamale. “You wouldn’t get much of a smile out of him. Definitely not the kind of guy who you were going to tell a knock-knock joke to and get a laugh out of.”

Chamale said that Sayoc was an MMA fan and kept a promotion sticker for CombatNight, an MMA event that Chamale runs, on the side of his white van.

A Twitter account registered with Sayoc's first and middle names frequently tweeted memes about some of the individuals he targeted in his week-long mail bombing campaign, with a particular focus on George Soros. The account indicates he was still posting this week while the bomb scare was at its peak, with a series of tweets about Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor. The account also featured photographs of Sayoc at Trump rallies, along with hundreds of racist memes and conspiracy theories about Barack Obama, Maxine Waters, and Elizabeth Warren.

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Sayoc appeared to be a staunch Trump supporter and recently posted a series of photographs of himself wearing a red Donald Trump "MAGA" hat, standing in front of the U.S. Capitol. Sayoc also posted a video of himself at a Trump rally in 2016 on a Facebook account. Authorities have since impounded his white van, which was covered in Trump stickers and images of Democrats with targets on their faces.

In one tweet sent in response to an American Magazine story denouncing Kavanaugh, Sayoc responded with an apparent threat. "We see into future for American Magazine very easy to enter your building. It coming your Nxt," he wrote.

On his LinkedIn page, Sayoc described himself as a “promoter, booking agent for live entertainment, owner and choreographer.” He also claims that his grandfather helped liberate the Philippines from a communist regime and taught martial arts, which were used to help defeat the Communist party.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

This article originally appeared on VICE News US.