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 arrested around 1:50 a.m. in Montgomery County, north of Washington, DC. He faces one count of ‘attempted kidnapping or murder, or threat of assault, kidnapping or murder’ from a federal judge, according to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. .
“The man was armed and made threats against Judge Kavanaugh,” court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe told BuzzFeed News in a statement.
A law enforcement source told BuzzFeed News the suspect was a 26-year-old California man who has since been turned over to the FBI.
According to court documents, Roske was carrying a suitcase and a backpack with tactical gear, a knife, a gun, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, a screwdriver, a crowbar and duct tape, among other things. items.
He told police he was angry at the possibility that the court reversal of federal abortion rightsas well as last month mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, according to the documents. Roske also said he “thought about how to give purpose to his life” when deciding to carry out the planned assassination. He told authorities he planned to kill himself after killing Kavanaugh, according to the affidavit.
The Washington Post was the first to report the arrest.
Protesters have been demonstrating outside the homes of Kavanaugh and other judges for a draft notice disclosed last month and reported that the court was set to overturn the landmark reproductive rights case of Roe vs. Wade.
Kavanaugh and other court-appointed conservative justices had said during their confirmation hearings this deer deserved to be respected as a precedent.
Chief Justice John Roberts ordered the Marshal of the Court, who provides security for the judges, to investigate who may have leaked the advice, which he stressed was not final and could change .
Speaking on the Senate floor after the arrest was announced on Wednesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “This is exactly, exactly the kind of event that many feared would be a terrible violation of the rules. and norms of the court cannot sustain”.