Residents in New York and across the United States were aware that for a series of days, officials were reported to have intercepted multiple packages mailed to prominent persons. The contents of these packages were potential bombs and the intended recipients were all democratic politicians or well-known supporters of democratic politicians and the democratic party.
As reported by CNN, there were a total of 13 packages that are said to have been mailed with the intent of harming or killing the people to whom they were addressed. The official complaint refers to the contents of each package as an improvised explosive device. Of the 13 packages, two are said to have contained evidence that directed law enforcement officers to the person who they have since placed under arrest in conjunction with these devices and mailings.
One of the packages reportedly included some DNA samples and a trace of a fingerprint that match the defendant. Another DNA sample was found on a second package. The defendant is currently charged with five separate federal crimes. No details about his response to the charges is known at this time. It is also not known if he has legal representation at this time.
The charges allege that the defendant sent threatening messages across interstate communications, threatened former American presidents and other persons and assaulted and intimidated federal officials. The illegal mailing of explosive devices as well as the transportation of explosives between states round out the five counts entered in the Southern District of New York against the alleged bomb mailer.