A federal judge in New York on Tuesday ordered mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc held without bail.
Sayoc, who was arrested on Oct. 26 in Florida and transported to New York on Monday, made a brief, 12-minute-long appearance in the Manhattan courtroom of US Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger.
The suspect, wearing a blue v-neck T-shirt over a khaki T-shirt, answered “yes sir” to a series of routine questions posed by the judge.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Kim called Sayoc “a serious risk of danger to the public and a flight risk.” The defense did not contest the government’s opposition to bail.
Sayoc, whose salt-and-pepper hair was pulled back into a ponytail, was ordered to return to court on Monday next week.
Sayoc was not handcuffed during Tuesday’s short hearing. But when it wrapped up, the defendant hugged his new court-appointed defense lawyer and placed his hands behind his back as court officers placed handcuffs and led him out.