Authorities charged a man with attempted murder after police arrested him near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Maryland on June 8.
Authorities identified the man as Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, and charged him in federal court with attempting to murder a Supreme Court justice, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
The Washington Post first reported the news.
According to the criminal complaint, two U.S. Deputy Marshals spotted Roske — dressed in black and carrying a backpack and a suitcase — getting out of a cab in front of Kavanaugh’s home at around 1:05 a.m. ET on June 8.
Roske looked at the officers, then started walking down the street. He later called 911 on himself, saying that he was having suicidal thoughts and that he came to “kill a specific Supreme Court justice,” according to the complaint.
The complaint did not specifically name Kavanaugh.
Authorities searched Roske’s backpack and suitcase and found a “lack tactical chest rig and tactical knife, a Glock 17 pistol with two magazine and ammunition, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crowbar, pistol light, duct tape” and other items.
According to the affidavit, Roske told police while he was in custody that he was “upset” about the leaked Supreme Court document that would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights and also over the recent elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Roske said that he thought Kavanaugh would support looser gun laws, the complaint said.
Roske said he had planned to kill the justice and then himself, the complaint also said.
Roske did not enter a plea. His next court appearance is on June 22.
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