Virtually every major government building in Washington D.C. is under much tighter security following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which was an eye-opener for both Capitol and D.C. police as far as gaps in security protocol.
According to the Washington Examiner, on Tuesday morning a “suspicious vehicle” was spotted parked outside of the U.S. Supreme Court building, which came just after the high court began its fall session. Capitol police warned that they would blow up the vehicle — a threat with which they followed through, as police carried out a “controlled detonation” of the vehicle.
Shortly after, according to NBC Washington, suspect Dale Paul Melvin, 55, was pulled from the smoke-filled vehicle by responding officers.
Police said Melvin, at one point, told officers, “The time for talking is done,” as he sat in his Chevrolet Tahoe in front of the Supreme Court building.
Capitol Police Arrest Man Pulled From Smoke-Filled Suspicious Vehicle at Supreme Court.
A law enforcement team pulled the man, identified as Dale Paul Melvin, 55, from an SUV after an apparent controlled detonation, Capitol Police said: @nbcwashington https://t.co/GZYCacHhut
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) October 5, 2021
Notably, Melvin, even after being pulled from the smoke-filled SUV, resisted arrest and was later charged with a failure to obey and allegedly assaulting one of the police officers involved in his arrest.
A man is in custody after he was removed from a suspicious SUV near the Supreme Court Tuesday morning, Capitol police said.
The suspect, 55-year-old Dale Paul Melvin of Kimball, Michigan, was removed from the car and placed under arrest around 11 a.m. local time, police said. pic.twitter.com/wAsj845Hbz
— Edirin I SOAR (@Edirined) October 6, 2021
Melvin, who resides in rural Michigan, had previously visited the Capitol over the summer, during which police report that he made “concerning” statements.
Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured in the incident. In today’s heated political climate, security remains as tight and controlled as it has ever been in the nation’s capital.