STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Police investigate suspicious package addressed to Robert De Niro in Tribeca

A suspicious package addressed to actor-director Robert De Niro was reported early Thursday at the Manhattan...

Posted: Oct 25, 2018 5:53 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2018 5:53 PM

A suspicious package addressed to actor-director Robert De Niro was reported early Thursday at the Manhattan building where his production company is based, and its marking and contents appear similar to pipe bomb packages recently mailed nationwide to top Democrats, two law enforcement sources said.

Also Thursday, two suspicious packages addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden were found in Delaware, law enforcement officials said.

Continents and regions

Manhattan

New York (State)

New York City

North America

Northeastern United States

The Americas

United States

Celebrities

Robert De Niro

Bombs and explosive devices

Weapons and arms

Donald Trump

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Political Figures - US

US federal government

White House

Arts and entertainment

Festivals

Film festivals

Movies

Crime, law enforcement and corrections

Law enforcement

Policing and police forces

Joe Biden

2018 Political package bombs

Bomb threats

Criminal offenses

Domestic terrorism

International relations and national security

National security

Terrorism

Terrorism and counter-terrorism

Unrest, conflicts and war

With Thursday's discoveries, at least 10 suspicious packages, all similar in appearance, have been found this week addressed to eight people who are prominent Democrats or high-profile critics of Donald Trump.

The package addressed to De Niro, found on the seventh floor of 375 Greenwich St. in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood, was reported to police around 4:45 a.m.

LIVE UPDATES: At least nine suspicious packages addressed to Trump critics

The building contains Tribeca Enterprises -- which includes De Niro's Tribeca Productions film and television company and organizes the Tribeca Film Festival -- and De Niro's Tribeca Grill restaurant.

The package was received in the building's general mailroom on Wednesday, according to a law enforcement official. A retired police officer discovered the package, but initially didn't think anything of it and left it in his office.

After watching news reports, he recognized similarities between the package he had seen and the others sent to top Democrats and CNN, the official said. He called police early Thursday morning to inform them about it.

Police have sent the package to a secure facility in the Bronx, New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill said on Twitter.

"The most highly trained experts in the world are investigating today's suspicious package in #TriBeCa," O'Neill's tweet reads.

X-ray images show that the package addressed to De Niro contains a device similar to the pipe bombs found in other packages this week that were addressed to prominent Democrats, the two sources said.

De Niro is a vocal critic of Trump.

The package sent to the actor also had the same return address as the others: that of Democratic US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the sources said. There is no information to suggest she sent the packages.

And, just as the other packages, the one sent to De Niro had six American-flag stamps arrayed in two rows. No postmark is visible on the front of the De Niro package, similar to some of the others, the sources said.

None of the bombs in the other packages detonated, and no one was injured.

Before the De Niro and Biden packages were in police custody Thursday, authorities said seven pipe bombs stashed in manila envelopes were discovered this week addressed to six prominent Trump critics: Former President Barack Obama; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former Attorney General Eric Holder; Democratic US Rep. Maxine Waters (one to her California office and one to her office in Washington); former CIA director John Brennan (sent to CNN's New York offices); and billionaire investor and Democratic donor George Soros.

Most of those devices showed the presence of a sulfur substance, which could have exploded, a law enforcement official said.

Those devices are believed to be pipe bombs, inherently unstable, and at risk of being set off just by handling.

Authorities already were aware at least one Biden package by Wednesday; it had been misaddressed and returned to sender, and postal officials were trying to track it down, two law enforcement sources said.

Details about how authorities ultimately found the two Biden packages on Thursday morning in Delaware weren't immediately available. But Delaware authorities have said investigators have responded to post offices in Wilmington and New Castle.

The FBI said Thursday that the package addressed to De Niro and the two addressed to Biden were "similar in appearance to the others."

Building is open after evacuation

Tribeca Enterprises co-founder Jane Rosenthal said Thursday that the building was evacuated after the package was found, but that it has been re-opened.

"The building is open and everybody is safe," she told CNN. "This is not what free speech should look like."

De Niro's criticism of Trump

At June's Tony Awards, De Niro went off-script while introducing a performance by Bruce Springsteen to curse Trump.

"First, I wanna say, 'f**k Trump,'" De Niro said. "It's no longer 'Down with Trump,' it's 'f**k Trump.'"

Trump responded to the comments in a series of tweets, calling De Niro "a very low IQ individual."

It wasn't the first time De Niro had spoken out against the President.

In January, his speech at the National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala included a profanity-laced rant directed at Trump.

"Our baby-in-chief -- the j***-off-in-chief, I call him -- has put the press under siege, ridiculing it and trying to discredit it through outrageous attacks and lies," De Niro said. ""This f***ing idiot is the President. It's 'The Emperor's New Clothes' -- the guy is a f***ing fool ... our baby-in-chief -- the 'J******-in-chief' I call him."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 43228

Reported Deaths: 671
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah9401165
Marion5963108
Washington588578
Umatilla339345
Clackamas320666
Lane245127
Malheur194338
Jackson17427
Deschutes116113
Yamhill100515
Linn82715
Polk66315
Jefferson60510
Morrow5467
Lincoln51813
Union4772
Benton4486
Klamath4213
Douglas3638
Wasco34916
Hood River2791
Columbia2701
Josephine2693
Coos2591
Clatsop2460
Baker1333
Crook1122
Tillamook720
Curry581
Wallowa462
Lake410
Harney340
Sherman190
Gilliam110
Grant110
Wheeler10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 919276

Reported Deaths: 17529
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles3033697040
Riverside672991305
San Bernardino638501073
Orange592131467
San Diego55540881
Kern34027420
Fresno31096439
Sacramento25750496
Santa Clara24558402
Alameda23576462
San Joaquin21906490
Contra Costa18817243
Stanislaus17760399
Tulare17678288
Ventura14347165
Imperial12983336
San Francisco12241145
Monterey1147291
San Mateo11232159
Santa Barbara9874126
Merced9572155
Sonoma9569136
Kings841183
Solano748076
Marin7099127
Madera505776
Placer424857
San Luis Obispo419132
Yolo323460
Butte310752
Santa Cruz282125
Napa197916
Shasta196231
Sutter187812
San Benito144415
El Dorado13614
Yuba133410
Mendocino114221
Tehama9139
Lassen7661
Lake70016
Glenn6783
Nevada6288
Humboldt56810
Colusa5536
Calaveras34721
Amador33516
Tuolumne2794
Inyo23415
Siskiyou2050
Del Norte1801
Mono1802
Mariposa802
Plumas730
Modoc430
Trinity280
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 44°
Brookings
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 50°
Crater Lake
Clear
25° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 25°
Grants Pass
Clear
36° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 36°
Klamath Falls
Clear
25° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 25°
Cold morning, warm afternoon
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events