New information is emerging in the story of the arrest of an armed man outside of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home early Wednesday morning.
The man has been identified as Nicholas John Roske of Simi Valley, California.
Roske was reportedly in possession of a gun, knife, pepper spray and tools to break into a home.
Though the White House had praised local law enforcement for their prompt action and arrest of the gunman, new information notes that Roske was arrested near Kavanaugh’s home after calling the police via 911 to report himself.
Earlier today, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One, “The president…is grateful to law enforcement for quickly taking him into custody.”
According to Fox News, Roske told officers he wanted “to give his life purpose.” Angry with the pending vote on the Roe v. Wade issue, Roske purchased a gun and other items and planned to break into Kavanaugh’s home, kill the Justice and then kill himself.
The outlet also reported that Roske first confessed his intent to kill Justice Kavanaugh to the police and later to the FBI.
In addition to being upset that conservative justices would likely side with pro-life advocates in the Roe v. Wade issue, Roske told detectives he believed Kavanaugh “would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws,” according to the affidavit.
Security for SCOTUS Justices has been heightened since the leak of an “opinion” regarding overturning Roe v. Wade that resulted in an increased threat level against conservative justices.
The affidavit notes that marshals outside Kavanaugh’s home saw the gunman at about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning but made no move to arrest him. The affidavit reads:
“At approximately 1:05 a.m. Wednesday, two U.S. Marshals saw an individual, later identified as Roske, dressed in black clothing and carrying a backpack and a suitcase, get out of a taxicab that had stopped in front of Kavanaugh’s Montgomery County home. The individual looked at the two marshals standing outside their parked vehicle and turned to walk down the street.”
The affidavit continues:
“Shortly after, the Montgomery County Emergency Communication Center fielded a call from Roske, who identified himself and told the call taker he ‘was having suicidal thoughts and had a firearm in his suitcase.’ Roske also told the call taker ‘he came from California to kill a specific United States Supreme Court Justice.'”
Fox News reports that Montgomery County Police Department officers were dispatched to the location. They encountered Roske while he was still on the phone with the emergency operator. He was arrested without incident.
The affidavit notes that Roske was in possession of “a black tactical chest rig and tactical knife, Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crowbar, pistol light, duct tape, and hiking boots with padding on the outside of the soles.”
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland addressed the incident saying:
“This kind of behavior, it’s obviously behavior that we will not tolerate. Threats of violence and actual violence against the justices of course strike at the heart of our democracy. We will do everything we can to prevent them and hold people who do them accountable.”
Roske is charged with attempting to murder a United States Supreme Court Justice. His first hearing before a Maryland Federal Court is Wednesday afternoon.
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