Pipe Bomb Suspect Scheduled for Court Hearing

Mail Bomber Suspect's Mom Calls On Trump To Tone Down Anti-Media, Anti-Democrat Rhetoric

Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, prosecutors said as they released new details on another explosive device he allegedly mailed to a critic of President Donald Trump.

Sayoc faces almost 50 years in prison if convicted on five federal charges that were filed in NY because some of the devices were recovered there.

He was ordered to be held without bail as assistant U.S. attorney Jane Kim called him "a serious risk of danger to the public and a flight risk".

U.S. attorney for the Southern District of NY wrote in a letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger that "the evidence gathered to date demonstrates the dangerousness of the defendant and creates significant incentives for him to flee".

He was arrested a week ago outside a South Florida auto parts store in a van in which he had been living, a vehicle covered with stickers of Trump and showing images of some of the president's opponents with red crosshairs over their faces. Court documents indicate he is charged with transporting explosives across state lines, illegally mailing explosives, threatening former presidents and others, threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officials.

None of the devices exploded and no one was injured when the packages were intercepted en route to their targets, but the authorities at the time did not hesitate to label the episodes a campaign of terrorism.

His lawyer has questioned the evidence in the case.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, was arrested on October 26 for his connections to the pipe bombs sent to influential figures in the Democratic Party, including former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Sayoc was due to arrive in NY on Monday after waiving his right to a bond hearing in Miami on Friday. Cory Booker. Packages were also mailed to CNN in NY and Atlanta.

Prosecutors say the most recent crude bomb was recovered last Friday in California, addressed to liberal activist Tom Steyer.

"This is not how I raised him or my children", Madeline Sayoc wrote in her letter.



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