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October 30, 2018

Mail bomb suspect who targeted Joe Biden, Cory Booker allegedly had list of 100 more targets

The man charged with sending 12 crude pipe bombs to critics of President Donald Trump had a list of more than 100 other possible targets, including elected officials, entertainers and journalists, according to multiple news reports.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, of South Florida, faces five federal charges – interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents, threatening interstate communications, and assaulting federal officers – after allegedly sending 12 mysterious packages to prominent liberal figures and media outlets. Packages containing the improvised explosive devices were sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, among others.

So far, law enforcement officials are not talking on the record about the dozens of names on the longer list, though those individuals have reportedly been notified by officials.

On Monday, another suspicious package similar to those found last week was reported at the New York Times offices in midtown Manhattan. The FBI had previously notified the Times that an editor there was one of the suspect's other targets.

Late Monday, however, the envelope was found to contain just paper and confirmed as harmless.

Sayoc made his first court appearance Monday in Miami. His next hearing is Friday.

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