The Florida man accused of sending more than a dozen possible bombs to prominent Democratic and media figures who have been critical of President Donald Trump kept a list of more than 100 possible targets, a law enforcement official said Monday, as authorities intercepted another suspicious package addressed to CNN.
The FBI recovered the list during its investigation of 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc and has been notifying those on it so they can take precautions in checking their mail, the official said. The list includes high-profile celebrities and media personalities similar to those who already were sent possible bombs, the official said.
The latest package to CNN was intercepted at an Atlanta mail facility Monday, and the FBI said it was “similar in appearance” to the other 14 they believe Sayoc has mailed to various targets recently.
Investigators suspect he also sent the latest one and were conducting forensic tests to see if they could find a definitive link, another law enforcement official said. After Sayoc’s arrest Friday, authorities warned that more packages might still be circulating through the mail system.
Sayoc appeared in federal court in Miami for the first time Monday, his demeanor relaxed as he sat behind seven other inmates who were there for other hearings. Dressed in tan jail clothes, he said his name in a raspy voice and nodded that he understood his legal rights. U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres said he would relay to jail authorities a request from Sayoc’s attorneys to meet with their client at a table, instead of separated by plexiglass.
Daniel Aaronson, Sayoc’s attorney, said they were hopeful to learn more information once they could meet with Sayoc in that setting.
“It’s hard to talk to someone through mesh,” he said.
Sayoc is scheduled to appear in court again Friday and will remain in custody at least until then.
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