Suspect in letter bomb targeting of Democrats was arrested in Minnesota in 1995

Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr. was taken into custody in Florida on Friday.
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The man arrested in Florida in connection with around a dozen attempted terror attacks targeting prominent Democrats has a Minnesota arrest history.

Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr. was arrested by federal agents investigating a series of pipe bombs sent to the likes of former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Maxine Waters, and to the New York office of CNN in recent days.

Also seized was a white van covered in right-wing paraphernalia, including stickers showing target crosshairs over the faces of Hillary Clinton and CNN's Van Jones, among others.

It is emerging that the 56-year-old Sayoc has an extensive criminal history, including one in Minnesota.

Minnesota court records obtained by BMTN show that Sayoc was arrested in Plymouth, Minnesota, in January 1995.

He was arrested for 5th degree possession of crack cocaine and theft by swindle worth over $500 – both felonies.

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At the time, an address was given for Sayoc, aka Cesar Altieri Savoc, on Yellowstone Lane in Plymouth, though it's not clear if this was a permanent address.

He didn't actually make his first court appearance in the case until 10 years later, on Sept. 1, 2005, for which BustedMugshots.com shows a booking photo taken of him at the time.

The charges were dismissed a week later, as it emerged that the drugs had been destroyed in 1997.

The Washington Examiner reports that Sayoc is a registered Republican, while the New York Times reports he also has a criminal history dating back to 1991 in Florida, including theft, drug and fraud charges, as well as threatening to use a bomb.

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