Police have arrested a man on suspicion of being the MAGA bomber who sent 12 pipe bombs to Democrats and Donald Trump critics. The unnamed 56 year-old suspect was taken into custody close to an auto parts store in Planatation, a suburb of Miami, around 10:30 EST on Friday morning, it was reported. He is said to have been traced by DNA evidence. Law enforcement officials were seen covering a white van close to the scene, which appears to be covered in photos of Donald Trump, and is reported to have at least one anti-Hillary Clinton sticker. That van was seen being loaded onto a police flatbed truck.
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Eyewitnesses reported hearing an explosion, which may have been a flash-bang device used by law enforcement to stun the man. He is now reported to be en route to FBI offices in Miami for questioning. The arrest came shortly after officials said they had intercepted the 11th and 12th pipe bombs sent by the so-called MAGA bomber to Democratic Senator Cory Booker and National Intelligence Director James Clapper. The package to Booker was found in a Florida mail processing depot en route to the Senator’s New Jersey address law enforcement sources told CNN.
Meanwhile, the device sent to Clapper was discovered at a postal facility in Midtown Manhattan Friday morning. Clapper warned Donald Trump to remember that ‘his words count’, but also said potential recipients ‘shouldn’t get too overblown’ about the devices, amid rumors they are too crudely built to actually explode. Friday’s arrest came less than a day after FBI agents said they were focusing their hunt for the MAGA bomber in the sunshine state, with all packages sent through a United States Postal Service facility in Opa-Locka, South Florida Cops also said Thursday that they believed the crudely-built devices, fashioned from a digital clock, wiring and shrapnel, had been designed to scare people rather than kill.