The 56-year-old Sayoc, a registered Republican with a lengthy criminal record living in Aventura, Florida, also aired some of his radical views on Twitter, which he used for the last time just two days before his arrest to send out memes accusing Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum of corruption.
Federal authorities have detained a person in connection with a series of 12 mailed suspicious packages, a Justice Department official said Friday.
Federal authorities have arrested one individual in connection with suspected explosives sent to top Democrats, former senior United States officials and prominent critics of President Donald Trump, the Department of Justice said on Friday. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, as the return address.
Thomas Fiori, a former federal law enforcement officer who operates a property management office directly across the street from the store, said he heard a small explosion, probably a device police use to distract subjects called a flash bang. Recall that the pipe bombs he allegedly sent spanned multiple states, including both NY and Florida.
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Accounts that appear to be Sayoc's on Facebook show the bomber attending a Donald Trump rally in 2016.
Court records in Florida show that Sayoc was arrested in 2002 and served a year of probation for a felony charge of threatening to throw or place a bomb. Trump said on Twitter at about 3:15 am EST (0715 GMT) on Friday.
The FBI said the packages were "similar in appearance" to other packages they have discovered. The case continued widening Friday with new packages addressed to New Jersey Sen.
A federal law enforcement source said charges would likely be brought by federal prosecutors in Manhattan and Sayoc transferred to New York City.
The incidents come less than two weeks before the U.S. mid-term elections, with politics highly polarised.
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Double Oscar victor and biting Trump critic De Niro on Friday urged people to vote in the November 6 elections, one day after a device was discovered at the Manhattan offices of his production company.
Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN Worldwide, said in a note to staff that all mail to CNN domestic offices was being screened at off-site facilities.
Nor would they say why the packages hadn't detonated, but they stressed they were still treating them as "live devices".
Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, admonished Trump for some of his harsh rhetoric and said "this is a time for the president to focus 100 percent on lifting the nation up and 0 percent on the political ramifications". "Mainstream media must clean up its act, FAST!" Two others sent to Sen.
"I thank God no one's been hurt, and I thank the courageous and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us", De Niro said in a statement.
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The first bomb discovered was delivered Monday to the suburban NY compound of Soros, a major contributor to Democratic causes.