A criminal background check on mail bomber suspect Cesar Sayoc reveals that Sayoc has apparently been arrested multiple times, prior to his arrest Friday, including for bomb threat allegations in 2002.
According to the background check record obtained from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, he was arrested on August 20, 2002, by the Miami Police Department and charged with a felony for threat to “discharge destructive device.”
Sayoc was sentenced to a year of probation for the charge, according to the docket from the case.
The other arrests on the background check include for allegations of theft, possession of fraudulent driver’s license, misdemeanor battery and violations of his probation.
Some of the charges for which he was arrested appear to have been dropped.
For a 1991 grand larceny charge, Sayoc was sentenced to probation for two years and ordered to pay restitution, according to the docket for the case.
Sayoc was arrested in 2013, and in May the next year, sentenced to 12 months of probation for battery and grand theft in third degree, according to the court documents. It appears he was rearrested in 2015 for violating his probation.
A court document from his 2015 arrest suggests that he was suspected of shoplifting a Home Depot in Hollywood.
Corrected: A previous version of this story misstated the number of arrests on Cesar Sayoc’s background check.