Nicholas John Roske, the man who confessed to attempting to murder Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, contacted his sister on the way to commit the crime. Sources are now reporting that the assailant’s sister may be responsible for convincing the troubled man not to follow through with his plans.
The Washington Post reported: “The suspect arrived by taxi and observed the U.S. marshals, and he turned around to contemplate his next move.”
Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones told the Post:
“This is when he texted his sister and told her of his intentions, and she convinced him to call 911, which he did.”
Roske, 26, told authorities that he flew from California intending to kill the Justice. Carrying a bag with a weapon and tools to break into a house, Roske took a taxi to Kavanaugh’s Chevy Chase, Maryland, home at about 1 a.m. last Wednesday.
After being deterred by the officers stationed outside Kavanaugh’s home, he began walking down the streets of Kavanaugh’s neighborhood. Approximately 30 minutes later, he called 911 and surrendered to authorities.
Investigators have wondered why Roske made the 911 call to turn himself in. At the time, he was not in danger of being arrested, and his confession of a planned but not yet attempted crime was very unusual.
The Post suggested that Roske’s sister may have played a pivotal role — in both averting the murder and encouraging Roske to turn himself into authorities to receive the mental help he needs.
A DOJ affidavit notes that Roske traveled to Kavanaugh’s home armed with “weapons, pepper spray, and burglary tools” with the intent to kill the Justice and prevent him from ruling on Second Amendment and abortion cases.
The Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center reports receiving a call from Roske, noting he said he had suicidal thoughts, had a gun in his suitcase, and had come from California to kill “a specific United States Supreme Court Justice.”
Police were dispatched — they encountered Roske, still on the phone with the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center. The officers took Roske into custody “without incident.”
Speaking to MSN, Drew J. Wade, chief of the Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Marshals Service, said:
“We believe the presence of the deputies assigned outside of Justice Kavanaugh’s home served as the deterrent in this incident. While the deputies did not witness anything that would have resulted in an enforcement action, their vigilance and posture averted a potentially violent act against the Justice.”
The details regarding the communications between Roske and his sister have not yet been disclosed to the public. What is known is that in the midst of traveling thousands of miles, purchasing a weapon and tools and taking a taxi to Kavanaugh’s neighborhood at 1 a.m., there was a text. Ultimately, Roske walked away from the Justice’s home and then turned himself in to authorities.
The affidavit notes that “an inventory search of the seized suitcase and backpack revealed a black tactical chest rig and tactical knife, a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, paper spray, zip ties, a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crow bar, pistol light, duct tape, hiking boots with padding on the outside of the soles, and other items.”
The affidavit adds:
“Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet. Roske further indicated that he had purchased the Glock pistol and other items for the purpose of breaking into the Justice’s residence and killing the Justice as well as himself.”
The Daily Caller reports:
“Top Republicans have attributed the attack to incendiary rhetoric from Democratic politicians.” Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz warned last week: “The Biden admin encouraged protests outside of justices’ homes. Schumer threatened: ‘You have released the whirlwind & you will pay the price!’ Now a would-be assassin went to the home of a Supreme Court Justice.”
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