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BREAKING NEWS: FBI arrest suspected mail bomber in his 50s who sent 12 suspicious packages to Trump

• Daily Mail

Federal authorities arrested a suspect in the mail bombing spree on Friday in South Florida

The suspect is reportedly a male in his 50s who has a history of threatening judges 

FBI discovered suspicious package addressed to Senator Cory Booker in Florida on Thursday night

Then a postal inspector intercepted another package to James Clapper in Manhattan Friday morning

The suspicious package was addressed to Clapper at headquarters of CNN, where he is a contributor

NYPD bomb squad's Total Containment Vessel responded to postal facility in Midtown to remove package

Discoveries mark the 11th and 12th suspicious packages targeting outspoken critics of President Trump

FBI warns the public to be on the lookout for similar packages and says there could be more bombs 

Federal authorities have made an arrest in connection with the mail bombing spree targeting critics of President Donald Trump.  

A male suspect in his 50s was taken into custody on Friday in South Florida in connection with the recent string of mailed pipe bombs.

The suspect was arrested in front of an AutoZone store in Plantation, Florida a police source tells DailyMail.com.

A witness who works at Marlins Insurance said dozens of police cars descended on the area around State Road 7 and SW 8th Street about 10am, a few feet away from her office.

'It's really bad,' the woman said by telephone. She declined to give her name. 'We heard a loud bang, like a bomb exploding. Police officers who told us to stay inside said they were arrested the guy who's been sending bombs all over the place. It's pretty scary but we're inside trying to get some work done.'

The suspect is reportedly a former resident of New York who is living in Florida. The 12 mail bombs are all believed to have been handled by a regional mail sorting facility in southern Florida. 

The suspect is known to law enforcement, and has a history of making terroristic threats to judges, sources said.

Heavy police activity was seen in Plantation, Florida, a town to the west of Fort Lauderdale and directly south of Sunrise, the location of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's office, which the bombs listed as a return address. 

Police impounded a white panel van that is believed to be connected to the investigation.

The Department of Justice announced a press conference for 2.30pm at which further details are expected to be available.

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Investigators are seen impounding a white panel van in Plantation, Florida on Friday in connection with an arrest

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Investigators are seen impounding a white panel van in Plantation, Florida on Friday in connection with an arrest

Earlier in the day, the investigators said they had found two new packages believed to be part of the mail bombing spree, addressed to Senator Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

The package to Booker was found on Thursday night at a mail sorting facility in Florida, and the package addressed to Clapper was found at a postal facility in Manhattan on Friday. 

The two new packages marked the 11th and 12th suspected mail bombs in a spree that has targeted critics of Trump.

Trump's first public response to the latest suspicious packages was a tweet at 10.19am reading: '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. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!'  

Senator Cory Booker

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former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

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The FBI found two new packages believed to be part of the mail bombing spree, addressed to Senator Cory Booker (left) and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (right)

The suspicious package (above) addressed to James Clapper at the Time Warner Center was intercepted by postal inspectors at a Manhattan sorting facility on Friday morning

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The suspicious package (above) addressed to James Clapper at the Time Warner Center was intercepted by postal inspectors at a Manhattan sorting facility on Friday morning

NYPD's Total Containment vessel arrives as law enforcement respond to the scene of a suspicious package at a postal facility on Friday in New York

NYPD's Total Containment vessel arrives as law enforcement respond to the scene of a suspicious package at a postal facility on Friday in New York

The Total Containment Vessel is used to transport explosive devices and is designed to contain powerful blasts

The Total Containment Vessel is used to transport explosive devices and is designed to contain powerful blasts

The special NYPD vehicle is seen transporting the package addressed to James Clapper to a secure facility in the Bronx

The special NYPD vehicle is seen transporting the package addressed to James Clapper to a secure facility in the Bronx

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