Armed Man Arrested Near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Home Is Charged With Attempted Murder

Wednesday - 08/06/2022 21:17
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Brett Kavanaugh at a joint session of Congress in Washington last March. PHOTO: WIN MCNAMEE/PRESS POOL
Brett Kavanaugh at a joint session of Congress in Washington last March. PHOTO: WIN MCNAMEE/PRESS POOL

WASHINGTON—An armed man was arrested near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home early Wednesday and charged with attempted murder after making threats against the justice, authorities said.

Nicholas John Roske, 26 years old, of Simi Valley, Calif., was allegedly carrying a pistol with two magazines and ammunition, a knife, pepper spray, zip ties and various household tools at the time he was arrested, according to the Justice Department.

The arrest intensified concerns over acts of violence ahead of key Supreme Court rulings, congressional votes and the midterm elections, and came just days after a gunman carrying a list of elected officials shot and killed a retired Wisconsin judge.

Federal agents spotted Mr. Roske at 1:05 a.m., dressed in black clothing and carrying a backpack and a suitcase as he got out of a taxi in front of Justice Kavanaugh’s house, the Justice Department said.

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