If put on trial and convicted, he faces up to 48 years in prison in what politicians on both sides of the aisle have condemned as domestic terrorism.
Sayoc is accused of mailing explosives to 11 prominent Democrats or liberal critics of the president, including former president Barack Obama and Trump's opponent in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton. Sayoc is an amateur body builder and former male stripper, a loner with a long arrest record who showed little interest in politics until Donald Trump came along.
Sayoc, who was born in NY, was sentenced in August 2002 for threatening to throw a bomb in a conversation with a Florida utility representative, according to Ronald Lowy, a Miami attorney who represented him.
Donald Trump has accused the media of trying to "score political points" with their coverage of a suspect held in connection with a series of pipe bombs sent to critics of the United States president.
But federal authorities say the bombs Sayoc allegedly sent were real and a danger to their recipients.
The front page of the print edition of the Post on October 28 blamed Trump for both the synagogue shooting and the mail bombs, proclaiming, in a news headline, that "Trump, allies set the tone for the violence they denounce, critics say".
Investigators believe that Sayoc made the pipe bombs in the van, two law enforcement sources said.
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The packages sent by Sayoc included photographs of his intended targets, each one marked with a red X, according to the criminal complaint.
In 2002, Lowy represented Sayoc in a felony case after he was arrested for reportedly threatening to blow up Florida Power and Light if they cut off the electricity to his laundromat. "He has often referred to major news organizations as 'the enemy of the people, ' and has shown contempt for CNN", a New York Times article stated two days before the bomber was caught.
Investigators at the Federal Bureau of Investigation lab in Quantico, Va., also identified a possible DNA match from two of the homemade pipe bombs.
As the Federal Bureau of Investigation worked around the clock, and as Americans were busy debating the hard-edged political climate and whether Trump had fanned the flames with his rhetoric, it was business as usual for Sayoc as he took to Twitter to denigrate targets like Soros.
"We have seen an effort by the media in recent hours to use the sinister actions of one individual to score political points against me and the Republican Party". Kamala Harris of California said investigators were looking at a package sent to her office.
"He's done everything from trying to operate a laundromat, to being a DJ, a bouncer, a dancer, a pizza man, you name it", said Ron Lowy, an attorney representing Sayoc's family. Across the street, Thomas Fiori, a former federal law enforcement officer, said he saw about 50 armed officers swarm a man standing outside a white van with windows plastered with stickers supporting Trump and criticizing media outlets including CNN.
"And they do have a major role to play as far as tone", Trump said.