Nicholas John Roske, 26, has been identified in a criminal complaint accusing him of attempted murder of Kavanaugh. He was arrested near the judge’s home in Maryland.
Roske was reportedly dressed in black when he arrived home in a taxi just after 1 a.m.
Several FBI agents have since been spotted at Roske’s home in Simi Valley. The FBI told Eyewitness News “court-authorized law enforcement activity in connection with the arrest” of Roske was ongoing at the residence.
The @FBI look for the Roskes’ house in Simi Valley. Nicholas, 26, was arrested early today outside the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Maryland after he told 911 he wanted to ‘give purpose to his life’ by killing a Supreme Court justice, according to the prosecutors. @ABC7 pic.twitter.com/O3EkOPT7HK
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Neighbors told ABC7 that officers were in the area speaking with residents, asking for information about Roske.
Roske had a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, knife, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape and other items he told police he would use to break into Kavanaugh’s home and kill him, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in federal court. in Maryland.
Roske said he bought the gun to kill Kavanaugh and would also kill himself, according to the affidavit.
Roske told police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case.
He also said he was upset by the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, and believed Kavanaugh would vote to relax gun control laws, according to the affidavit.
“I’m glad it happened there and no one was hurt and it was okay and he was taken into custody,” a neighbor told Eyewitness News on Wednesday. “I just pray for the outcome and [Roske’s family] because they’re going through a lot right now.”
The court is currently considering a challenge to New York’s requirements for obtaining a license to carry guns in public, a case that could make it easier to be armed on the streets of New York and other major cities.
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When he got out of the taxi, Roske was spotted by two U.S. marshals who are part of the 24-hour security provided to the judges following the draft notice leaked last month.
But Roske was only apprehended after he called 911 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and said he had suicidal thoughts and planned to kill Kavanaugh, after finding the judge’s address online.
Roske was still on the phone when Montgomery County police arrived on the scene, according to the affidavit.
“This kind of behavior is obviously behavior that we will not tolerate,” Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters on Wednesday. “Threats of violence and actual violence against judges of course strike at the heart of our democracy and we will do everything we can to prevent them and hold those who commit them accountable.”
President Joe Biden praised authorities for quickly apprehending the man, White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in an email.
There were protests at the home of Kavanaugh and other judges, as well as protests in court, where a security fence surrounds the building and nearby streets have been closed.
A Department of Homeland Security report said the draft advisory, leaked in early May, sparked a wave of threats against officials and others and increased the likelihood of extremist violence.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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