CNN spoke with Sayoc's boss Debra Gurehjian, who managed a shop where he worked as a delivery driver, who said the van was "freaky scary" and had puppets and mannequins with their heads removed in it, as well as various nooses.
He nearly certainly had no idea that lab technicians had linked DNA on two pipe bomb packages he was accused of sending to prominent Democrats to a sample previously collected by Florida state authorities.
Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray said investigators were able to pinpoint Sayoc after finding a fingerprint on an envelope containing a bomb sent to Representative Maxine Waters, and that DNA found on two of the devices was a possible match to a sample previously taken from Sayoc during an earlier arrest in Florida.
Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the devices, containing timers and batteries, were not rigged like booby-trapped package bombs that would explode upon opening.
The FBI chief said a fingerprint found on one of the packages led investigators to Sayoc. His first arrest in the state was at age 29 for larceny.
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The suspect, who has a long criminal history dating back to the 90s which included domestic violence and drug charges, also lived in Charlotte, North Carolina in and was arrested in 1999 for possessing a stolen vehicle in Mecklenburg County.
Officers hauled away Sayoc's white van - its windows plastered with the pro-Trump stickers, American flags, and images of the Democratic figures. It appears that he had been living in the white Dodge van where he was found and arrested Friday morning, the law enforcement official said.
Steyer was one of numerous high-profile Democrats to receive a pipe bomb in the mail last week, according to The Hill. Cory Booker another was sent to James Clapper, a former director of national intelligence; and a third was intercepted before it reached Sen.
Even before Sayoc was caught and charged, both newspapers insinuated that Trump was to blame. Agents conducted a preliminary sweep of the vehicle before towing it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation office, where they were expected to search it later on Friday.
Trump vowed that anyone responsible for mailing the suspicious packages will be prosecuted to the "fullest extent of the law". The president said, "we must never allow political violence to take root in America". "But it was just his political views that scared me". "The media's constant unfair coverage ... and negative attacks only serve to drive people apart and to undermine healthy debate".
Early Friday, Trump appeared to downplay the mail bombs, saying on Twitter: "Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this "Bomb" stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows - news not talking politics".