A 26-year-old California man who was arrested near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh early Wednesday has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly told authorities he planned to kill the judge.
The man, identified in charging documents as Nicholas John Roske, was taken into custody at approximately 1:50 am in Montgomery County, north of Washington, DC. He faces a charge of “attempted kidnapping or murder, or threats of assault, kidnapping or murder” before a federal judge, according to the criminal complaint filed in US District Court on Wednesday.
“The man was armed and threatened Judge Kavanaugh,” Patricia McCabe, a court spokeswoman, told BuzzFeed News in a statement.
A law enforcement source told BuzzFeed News the suspect was a 26-year-old from California who has since been turned over to the FBI.
According to court documents, Roske was carrying a suitcase and backpack containing tactical gear, a knife, a gun, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, a screwdriver, a crowbar and duct tape, among other items.
He told police he was angry about the court’s possible overturning of the federal right to abortion, as well as last month’s deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, according to the documents. Roske also said that he had been “thinking about how to give his life a purpose” when deciding to carry out the planned assassination. He told authorities that he planned to kill himself after killing Kavanaugh, according to the affidavit.
the Washington Post He was the first to report the arrest.
Protesters have demonstrated outside the homes of Kavanaugh and other justices since a draft opinion leaked last month signaling the court was poised to overturn the landmark reproductive rights case of roe v. calf.
Kavanaugh and other conservative justices appointed to the court had they said at their confirmation hearings that roe deserved to be respected as a precedent.
Chief Justice John Roberts ordered the court’s bailiff, who provides security for justices, to investigate who may have leaked the opinion, which he stressed was not final and could change.