Mail-bombing suspect has ties to Charlotte


Fox 46 confirmed the mail-bombing suspect has ties to Mecklenburg County. Public and school records show that he played college soccer here, lived in Ballantyne, and got in trouble with the Sheriff.

Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, FL, is listed on the UNC Charlotte soccer roster for the 49er's men's soccer team. We found the roster on the university’s website. It dates back to 1983.

More than a decade later, he had a run-in with the law. Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office says they arrested Sayoc in April of 1999 for having a stolen vehicle.

In 2000, public records show he lived in Ballantyne on Tamarron Drive off of Community House Road in the Landen neighborhood. He only lived there for one month - in February - according to public records.

We knocked on the door of the house and no one answered. A next-door neighbor says she moved into the neighborhood in April - 18 years ago - and never knew Sayoc. She says most of her other neighbors are much newer to the area.

FBI: Florida man arrested in case of bombs mailed to politicians

AG Sessions confirmed Sayocwas arrested in South Florida and is being questioned by the FBI. FBI director Christopher Wray said Sayoc was identified through a fingerprint found on one of the devices.

The suspect has been charged with five crimes, including illegal mailing of explosives. Sessions said additional charges may come later.

President Donald Trump discussed the investigation into the bomb packages at the Young Black Leadership Summit, at the White House, where he was already scheduled to speak. The president said, "we must never allow political violence to take root in America."

The arrest of a Florida man fell in line with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's comments Thursday, in an interview with Fox News Channel, acknowledging that some of packages originated in Florida. 

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