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Beto O'Rourke And Texas Rep. Nevarez Both Targets Of Man Accused Of Sending Pipe Bombs

November 01, 2018 - 6:18 am

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - The 'Beto' O’Rourke Senate campaign spokesman Chris Evans confirmed the Senate candidate received multiple messages in April from Florida pipe-bomber suspect Cesar Sayoc through Facebook.

One of the alleged messages featured a picture of O’Rourke and his family with the caption “hug your loved ones every time you leave home. See you soon.” Evans says they immediately reported the messages to Capitol Police. Evans adds in July they turned the messages over to the FBI.

State Representative Poncho Nevarez received a suspicious package at his Capitol office on Tuesday, just hours after the FBI told him he was on Sayoc’s target list.

“It’s eerie because the two things were happening independent of each other yet they seemed to be so connected" says Nevarez. "and I don’t know if they are connected.”

Nevarez says his name was spelled wrong on the package and it consisted of three boxes, one inside the other like nesting dolls. Inside the smallest box was a letter on index cards.

Nevarez wasn’t sure at the time we spoke what the letter said.

Nevarez added “I don’t know a lot about these things, but it seems like it was a test run to see if it would get to my office.” He added the FBI is investigating the package.

Several offices were evacuated at the State Capitol for a couple hours on Tuesday afternoon until it was determined the package wasn’t dangerous.