MANHATTAN – A person has been detained in connection with several packages containing explosives that were sent to the main Democrats, CNN and others throughout the entire week throughout the country, the sources confirmed to PIX11 when the authorities investigated more packages found on the Friday, this time in Manhattan and Florida.
Twelve suspicious packages have been discovered across the country as of Monday. The targets included former President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, CNN and actor Robert De Niro, officials said.
Cesar Sayoc was arrested at an auto parts store in Plantation, Florida, according to The Associated Press. It is not yet known if he is suspected of having sent all the packages.
Two of the packages were located on Friday.
In the city center, a postal employee of a United States Postal Service on West 52nd Street discovered a package that resembled others found earlier this week that contained alleged bombs. The police confirm that the package looks similar to the others.
The package was addressed to former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and CNN, package images obtained by CNN.
The investigation resulted in several street closures until he left at 10:15 a.m., according to the New York Police Department. People in the area must expect a strong police presence and delays in traffic. The package has been transported to a secure facility, police said.
Two women who work nearby said they were not surprised by the situation.
"I think it's just part of life in New York City now … We just accepted it as life," said one.
A box leaning against a tree near Central Park West and 72nd Street Friday was also investigated, but was deemed safe, police said. That incident was reported around 9:15 a.m.
A suspicious package addressed to Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey was also found on Friday, reports AP. The package resembles others intercepted earlier this week.
The first of the 10 suspicious packages was discovered Monday near Bedford, the New York home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros. That incident began a chaotic week as similar packages were found in several states, targeting leading Democrats such as former President Barack Obama, as well as CNN and actor Robert De Niro.
Several incidents have occurred in Manhattan.
The package sent to the CNN office in New York City and addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, who appears on the air in other media and cable, was intercepted on Wednesday. This caused an evacuation of the Time Warner Center.
On Thursday morning, a suspicious package addressed to De Niro was found in Tribeca.
Later on Thursday, the New York Time Warner building that houses CNN was evacuated after a 911 call was made for a suspicious package, but after about an hour, officials determined that the two unattended packages were safe. .
Suspected packages confirmed include:
Officials have confirmed that the packages sent to Soros, CNN, Clintons, Obama, Waters and Holder contained a small battery, were approximately six inches long and were packed with dust and broken glass. Officials also said the devices were made of PVC pipe and covered with black tape.
Many of those arrested have previously received criticism from President Donald Trump.
After the announcement of Sayoc's arrest on Friday, the president praised the investigators' work and said: "We must never allow political violence to take root in the United States … I will do everything in my power as president to stop it. "
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