A man who planned to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh apparently changed his mind after noticing two U.S. Marshals.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Ian Montijo said Marshals Wednesday observed a man get out of a cab in front of Kavanaugh’s Montgomery County, Maryland home. The man, later identified as Nicholas J. Roske, 26, was carrying a backpack and suitcase as he exited the taxi.
“The individual looked at the two deputy U.S. Marshals, who were standing next to their parked vehicle, and then turned to walk down the street,” according to documents filed in Maryland District Court. Mr. Roske did not walk far before calling 911. He identified himself, then informed the dispatcher he had a weapon and was having suicidal thoughts.
“Roske also told the call taker he came from California to kill a specific United States Supreme Court Justice,” agent Montijo said in his criminal complaint.
Montgomery County Police Department officers were dispatched to his location where they found him while still speaking with the dispatcher. He was taken into custody without incident and officers seized his backpack and suitcase, which he still possessed.
Officers searched the backpack and suitcase. They found a Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol, two magazines with ammo, a tactical chest rig, tactical knife, pepper spray, zip ties, crow bar, duct tape and other items.
Believing that Kavanaugh would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws and this apparently triggered Roske, after the Uvalde, Texas shooting.
“Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided he would kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet,” Montijo said.
“Roske further indicated that he had purchased the Glock pistol and other items for the purpose of breaking into the Justice’s residence and killing the Justice as well as himself,” the FBI agent added.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy Sullivan Thursday signed the criminal complaint against Roske that charged him with violating 18 U.S.C., Section 115(a)(1)(A). The charge is described as “Attempts to kidnap or murder, or threatens to assault, kidnap or murder a United States Judge, to wit: a current Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
FBI agents raided Roske’s Simi Valley, California home Wednesday evening, busting through the front door before seizing several boxes of evidence, according to a CBS News report.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison, according to a Daily Wire report.