FEDS CHARGE MAN WITH TORCHING ALBANY COUNTY GOP HEADQUARTERS

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The Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged a Laramie man with vandalizing and burning the Albany County Republican Party headquarters last month, according to the statement supporting a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Tuesday.

Kellen Michael Sorber is charged with one count of using fire to commit a felony, which is punishable by at least five years to 20 years imprisonment, according to the complaint written by an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The agent’s statement did not say if Sorber had been taken into custody, but the Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to detain him before the trial.

The fire was reported at 3:25 a.m. Sept. 6, at the GOP headquarters, 214 E. Ivinson Ave. The Laramie Fire Department responded and extinguished a small fire. Firefighters also found a resident in a second-floor apartment above the office. He left the apartment and was not injured, according to the criminal complaint.

The fire department reported the building had suffered heat and smoke damage, and a department detective saw a broken window facing an alley on the west side of the office.

The detective found two pieces of a cinderblock inside and a third piece on a trash container in the alley next to the broken window. He also found a partially consumed cigarette on a table, the burnt remains of a folding camping-style chair, and burnt remnants of a soft drink can box inside the office, according to the criminal complaint.

These items were collected and sent to the BATFE laboratories for testing and analysis.

Preliminary DNA testing results were able to determine a dominant DNA profile.

Investigators obtained security surveillance video from a computer business and a cafe on the same block.

The video at 2:19 a.m. showed an unidentified individual walking a bicycle to the rear of the cafe, parking it, and throwing a backpack onto the roof of the one-story cafe. This person picked up a cinderblock, dropped it and broke it into several pieces. He walked the bicycle toward the GOP office, which was out of view of the security camera. About 3:21 a.m., a person walking with a bicycle and having the same appearance as the person as seen earlier. He propped the bicycle against the wall of the cafe, stood on the bicycle, retrieved the backpack and walked away.

About four minutes later, an individual is seen running from north to south, and seconds later running from  south to north. That person’s appearance was consistent with a statement provided by the person who was earlier saw the fire and unsuccessfully tried to get water from a business to put out the fire.

Investigators determined a Sorber was a person of interest and worked at the cafe, that did did not have a driver’s license nor own a vehicle.

They began watching Sorber, and one was able to contact him and surreptitiously obtain DNA from a beer can he had. That DNA evidence was consistent with that found on the cigarette and the three pieces of cinderblock.

An investigator determined that Sorber had his cell phone within one-tenth of a mile from a cell town next to the cafe.

On Oct. 16, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant and obtained DNA directly from Sorber.

Monday, a BATFE forensic biologist provided the agent with preliminary test results from the DNA obtained from Sorber was consistent from the DNA found on the cigarette, cinderblock and beer can.

BATFE agents interviewed the owners of the building who said they leased it to an individual who subleased it to the Albany County GOP, and rented the two apartments above the office.

The agent who wrote the criminal complaint determined the building was used in interstate or foreign commerce.

The Albany GOP Office reopened on Oct. 8.

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DOMESTIC TERRORISM SUSPECT CHARGED WITH 5 FELONIES

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11:52 AM PT— During a DOJ press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Sayoc has been charged with 5 federal crimes — interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former Presidents, threatening interstate communication and assaulting current and former federal officers. If convicted, Sayoc faces up to 58 years in prison.

FBI director Chris Wray said, after the FBI’s initial analysis, “They found a latent fingerprint from one of the envelopes sent to Congresswoman Maxine Waters,” adding that Sayoc’s DNA was also linked to multiple packages delivered. “These are not hoax devices,” Wray said.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill later said there might be more packages that have yet to be delivered, and encouraged the public to take caution.

10:43 AM PT — Sayoc was arrested in 2002 for threatening to blow up Florida Power & Light utilities company and said, “It would be worse than September 11th” … according to Miami PD records. He also threatened to harm the employee who was on the phone if they cut off his electricity.

He was charged with phone bomb threats, and eventually sentenced to one year probation.

10:35 AM PT — Sayoc was in handcuffs as heavily armed law enforcement officers took him into custody.

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Also, Chippendales tells us Sayoc was working for a knockoff company … not the real Chippendales.

9:05 AM PT — Our law enforcement sources confirm the suspect’s name is Cesar A. Sayoc, a 56-year-old from Aventura, FL … and he has an extensive criminal history.

We found this image of him wearing a MAGA hat from 2016. We know he attended at least one Trump rally that year.

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In 2014, Sayoc was on probation for battery and grand theft, and requested permission to travel due to his job as a road manager for Chippendales, International Gold Productions and Cesar Palace Royale Burlesque Show.

8:45 AM PT — President Trump just addressed the crowd about the arrest of the suspect.

This close-up image of one side of the van shows images with crosshairs over Hillary Clinton, Michael Moore, CNN’s Van Jones … and many more. There are also several positive images of the President and VP Mike Pence.

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Federal authorities have nabbed a suspect for the rash of explosive devices sent this week to President Trump’s political foes … TMZ has confirmed.

The man was arrested Friday morning in Plantation, FL … and law enforcement swarmed around a vehicle believed to belong to the suspect. The van is covered with political stickers … including images of the President.

Cops had been zeroing in on a postal facility in Opa-locka — just south of Plantation — which they believe the suspect used to ship several of the suspicious packages. The most recent device found there was addressed to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker.

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The wave of packages started arriving on Monday with one sent to liberal philanthropist George Soros … and then on Wednesday … packages intended for Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Obamas were intercepted.

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The attempted attacks continued with packages targeting Robert De Niro, Rep. Maxine Waters, Joe Biden. One sent to former CIA Director John Brennan forced the evacuation of Time Warner Center in NYC.

Originally published 8:07 AM PT

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