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Armed Suspect Arrested Near Justice Kavanaugh Home, Intended To Kill The Supreme Court Justice

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An armed California man was arrested near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday morning in Maryland. He has been identified as Nicholas John Roske, law enforcement officers disclosed.

The man was carrying a gun, knife, and pepper spray when arrested and had made threats against Kavanaugh, multiple sources said. Roske turned himself in by calling 911 to report himself and was quickly picked up on a nearby street.

A criminal complaint obtained by Fox News shows that Roske is being charged with attempting to murder a United States Supreme Court Justice. He is scheduled to have a first appearance in federal court in Maryland Wednesday afternoon.

Nicholas Roske (right) arrested with a weapon near Brett Kavanaugh’s home, intended to kill Justice Kavanaugh

Roske, of Simi Valley, California, told detectives that “he was upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to an abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas,” and believed Kavanaugh “would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws,” according to the affidavit.

At approximately 1:05 a.m. Wednesday, two U.S. Marshals saw an individual, later identified as Roske, dressed in black clothing and carrying a backpack and a suitcase, get out of a taxicab that had stopped in front of Kavanaugh’s Montgomery County home. The individual looked at the two marshals standing outside their parked vehicle and turned to walk down the street, the affidavit says.

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Shortly after, the Montgomery County Emergency Communication Center fielded a call from Roske, who identified himself and told the call taker he “was having suicidal thoughts and had a firearm in his suitcase.” Roske also told the call taker “he came from California to kill a specific United States Supreme Court Justice,” the affidavit says.

As taken from Fox News, Montgomery County Police Department officers were dispatched to the location near Kavanaugh’s residence, where they encountered Roske still on the phone with the emergency operator. He was taken into custody without incident and a backpack and suitcase in his possession were seized.

A black tactical chest rig and tactical knife, Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crowbar, pistol light, duct tape, hiking boots with padding on the outside of the soles, and other items were found in his suitcase and backpack.

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