US mail bomb suspect appears in New York court

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Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to critics of US President Donald Trump, appeared in a NY court Tuesday and was ordered held without bail.

Cesar Sayoc is scheduled to appear at 10am before US Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger, according to a letter yesterday from the US Department of Justice.

Sayoc's lawyers have found it in his best interest to have the hearing in NY instead of staying in Miami.

In support of that argument, assistant prosecutors to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman confirmed the November 2 discovery of a 16th explosive device, the second that Sayoc allegedly mailed to Thomas Steyer, the California-based billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist who has criticized Trump.

Sayoc will be transferred to NY to stand trial and face federal charges, as per an order from U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres, according to USA Today.

Federal prosecutors chose to charge Sayoc, a resident of of Aventura, Fla., in New York City in part because evidence that linked him to several of the packages was discovered there.

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Prosecutors told a judge that Sayoc, reportedly a rabid supporter of Trump and white nationalism, presents a flight risk and is a serious danger to the public.

The first bomb discovered was sent to billionaire investor George Soros at his home in New York's Westchester County, and some of the other high-profile targets also live in NY state, including former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

At the time of his arrest, he was living inside a van decorated with images of Trump and anti-Democrat stickers. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

None of the bombs exploded and no one was injured. Cory Booker. Packages were also mailed to CNN in NY and Atlanta.

Prosecutors say the most recent crude bomb was recovered on Friday in California, addressed to liberal activist Tom Steyer.

In a letter to ABC News Sayoc's mother, Madeline Sayoc, wrote that she had unsuccessfully tried to get him treatment for what she said was long-standing mental illness.

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