Cesar Sayoc was driving around in a Silence of the Lambs van that had crosshairs over Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein, Michael Moore, Van Jones, etc. and nobody thought that was suspicious??? pic.twitter.com/IgtsPaWqjG
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 26, 2018
Van that reportedly belongs to Florida man Cesar Sayoc is covered in photos of media and political figures circled in crosshairs. He’s been driving around with a hit list on the outside of his car. pic.twitter.com/s0IVpukd3x
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) October 26, 2018
The list of targets includes former President Barack Obama, the Clintons, George Soros, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan, and members of Congress.
More than a dozen devices have been discovered, including four on Friday addressed to Democratic Senators Kamala Harris (CA) and Cory Booker (NJ), former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer.
Another pipe bomb was found at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Enterprises on the 7th floor of 375 Greenwich Street on Thursday. The package was nearly identical to others that were sent to top Democrats and CNN earlier this week.
Sayoc was reported to Twitter earlier this month for making threats toward political commentator Rochelle Ritchie after Ritchie appeared on Fox News.
Ritchie blasted Twitter for not acting sooner or taking her threats seriously.
@Twitter remember when I reported the guy who was making threats towards me after my appearance on @FoxNews and you guys sent back a bs response about how you didn’t find it that serious,” Ritchie wrote. “Well guess what it’s the guy who has been sending #bombs to high profile politicians!!!!”
Hey @Twitter remember when I reported the guy who was making threats towards me after my appearance on @FoxNews and you guys sent back a bs response about how you didn’t find it that serious. Well guess what it’s the guy who has been sending #bombs to high profile politicians!!!! pic.twitter.com/xBY8FMbqnq
— R O C H E L L E (@RochelleRitchie) October 26, 2018
Ritchie, at least, gets an epic “I told you so.”
On the downside, your life was threatened and your concerns were ignored. On the upside, this is an amazing “I told you so.”
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) October 26, 2018
It looks like Ritchie wasn’t the only recipient of Sayoc’s online harassment, however.
Twitter itself was not spared from critique for its lackluster enforcement of behavioral policies.
I’m sure @jack will just chalk this up as a cost of making the world a better place.
— Dave Warren (@davecwarren) October 26, 2018
Hey @jack maybe you should look into this and completely rework all the processes in place that led to this screw-up.
— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) October 26, 2018
— Sherman (@shermsingh) October 26, 2018
@jack anything to say? Not the first time your company has allowed harassment to continue, in case you can’t remember shrugging off Alex jones’ hateful rhetoric. Literally took you until EVERYBODY banned him to do anything.
— Michael Figueroa (@Michael100800) October 26, 2018
Early reports indicate that DNA found on one of the packages belongs to Sayoc. Law enforcement officials are still working to determine whether Sayoc intended for the bombs to go off or if his goal was to instill fear and cause chaos.
The suspect has a criminal record and ties to both Florida and New York, where the majority of the explosive packages were sent.
Sayoc pleaded guilty in 2002 for threatening to “discharge a destructive device.” Beyond that, he has a history of petty criminal behavior.
“Sayoc was convicted in 2014 for grand theft and misdemeanor theft of less than $300, and in 2013 for battery,” CBS reported on Friday. “In 2004, he faced several felony charges for possession of a synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid. He also had several arrests for theft in the 1990s, and pleaded guilty in 1991 to third-degree grand theft.”
Sayoc’s former attorney, Ronald Scott Lowy, told CBS that Sayoc “wasn’t always in his right mind” and that his client “expressed emotions about the institutions of America” and “felt oppressed by them, but not necessarily in a political way.”