WASHINGTON — A person carrying a gun, a knife and zip ties was arrested Wednesday close to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland after threatening to kill the justice.
Nicholas John Roske of Simi Valley, California, who was recognized in a prison grievance charging him with the tried homicide of a Supreme Court justice, was wearing black when he arrived by taxi simply after 1 a.m. outdoors Kavanaugh’s house in a Washington suburb.
Roske, 26, had a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, a knife, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape and different gadgets that he instructed police he would use to interrupt into Kavanaugh’s home and kill him, in line with a prison grievance and affidavit filed in federal courtroom in Maryland. Roske stated he bought the gun to kill Kavanaugh and that he additionally would kill himself, the affidavit stated.
Roske instructed police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is about to overrule Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case. He additionally stated he was upset over the college bloodbath in Uvalde, Texas, and believed Kavanaugh would vote to loosen gun management legal guidelines, the affidavit stated.
The courtroom presently is weighing a problem to New York’s necessities for getting a allow to hold a gun in public, a case that would make it simpler to be armed on the streets of New York and different giant cities.
When he received out of the taxi, Roske was noticed by two U.S. Marshals who’re a part of round the clock safety offered to the justices following the leak of the draft opinion final month. But Roske was solely apprehended after he referred to as 911 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and stated he was having suicidal ideas and deliberate to kill Kavanaugh, having discovered the justice’s deal with on-line. Roske was nonetheless on the cellphone when Montgomery County police arrived on the scene, in line with the affidavit.
“This kind of behavior is obviously behavior we will not tolerate,” Attorney General Merrick Garland instructed reporters Wednesday. “Threats of violence and actual violence against the justices of course strike at the heart of our democracy and we will do everything we can to prevent them and to hold people who do them accountable.”
President Joe Biden praised authorities for shortly apprehending the person, deputy White House press secretary Andrew Bates stated in an e mail.
There have been protests on the houses of Kavanaugh and different justices, in addition to demonstrations on the courtroom, the place a safety fence rings the constructing and close by streets have been closed.
A Homeland Security Department report stated the draft opinion, leaked in early May, has unleashed a wave of threats in opposition to officers and others and elevated the probability of extremist violence.
Associated Press author Michael Kunzelman in Greenbelt, Maryland, contributed to this report.