The campaign for Rep. Beto O’Rourke, R-Texas, claims that the man who was arrested and charged last week for sending suspicious packages to various political figures also threatened O’Rourke earlier this year, according to a new report.
A spokesperson for O’Rourke’s campaign, Chris Evans, said that the Cesar Sayoc of Aventura, Fla., sent threatening messages to O’Rourke in the spring.
According to the Dallas Morning News, photos of O’Rourke’s family were included in the messages, and Sayoc allegedly instructed O’Rourke to "hug your loved ones everytime [sic] you leave home. See you soon."
"We received a threat via Facebook from that individual in April, a threat toward Beto, and we immediately reported it to the (U.S.) Capitol police," Evans said, per the Dallas Morning News. "Then we turned over the message and the information and the threat to the FBI in July."
A spokesperson for U.S. Capitol Police told the Washington Examiner that it is “working in close coordination with the FBI, and therefore cannot comment on the ongoing investigation.”
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Sayoc was charged Friday with interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, and threatening former presidents, among other things.
More than a dozen individuals were sent pipe bombs in manila envelopes, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a federal criminal complaint. The packages are being examined at an FBI facility in Virginia.
O'Rourke is running for U.S. Senate in Texas against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm election.
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