Nicholas John Roske of Simi Valley, California has been charged with the attempted murder of a Supreme Court Justice after being arrested just after 1 a.m. outside Kavanaugh’s home in a Washington suburb.
According to a report by The Washington Examiner 26-year-old Roske had a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, a knife, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape, and other items he told police were intended to assist in breaking into Kavanaugh’s house to kill him.
Details about the arrest and alleged attempted assassination were outlined in a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in federal court in Maryland. An affidavit written by FBI agent Ian Montijowhich stated that Roske purchased the gun specifically to kill Kavanaugh and then himself.
Police said they found two magazines and ammunition in Roske’s backpack and suitcase, as well as the suspect’s recently acquired weapon, a pistol light, a black tactical chest rig, a tactical knife, and pepper spray.
He also brought a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crowbar, and hiking boots with padding on the outside soles, all of which appeared to be burglary equipment as well as zip ties and duct tape on hand as well.
Roske was recognized by two deputy U.S. marshals as he exited the taxi, as part of the round-the-clock security provided to the justices following the leak of a draft judgment last month.
The alleged assassin was only captured after calling 911 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and claiming to be having suicidal thoughts and planning to murder Kavanaugh after finding the justice’s address online. According to the affidavit, Roske was still on the phone when Montgomery County officers arrived on the site.
Roske faces federal accusations of “attempted murder of a Supreme Court Justice,” according to the US attorney’s office in Maryland.
Roske informed authorities that “he was upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas,” according to the Justice Department. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.