The man arrested in the assassination attempt of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh told authorities he planned to break into Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland and kill the justice–and then kill himself. The incident started when the man was dropped off by a taxi in front of Kavanaugh’s home carrying a backpack and a suitcase but he was apparently deterred by the presence of two U.S. Marshals and walked away from the house. The man allegedly called 911 to report he was suicidal and had a firearm with him and had traveled from California to kill a Supreme Court Justice. He was soon taken into custody by Montgomery County police without incident while still on the phone with 911. Police seized the backpack and suitcase the man had with him. He has since been charged in federal court with attempted murder of a U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Kavanaugh’s home has been the scene of protests since the leak last month of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, file screen image.
An arrest affidavit filed in the federal District of Maryland court by the FBI says the accused would be assassin, Nicholas John Roske, waived his Miranda rights and gave a confession. Roske is alleged to have been well-armed for the assassination bid having a Glock 17 pistol, two magazines and ammunition, a tactical knife, tactical chest rig, pepper spray, zip ties and other items. The affidavit states Roske bought the items to assassinate Kavanaugh.
Roske allegedly said he wanted to kill Kavanaugh over the leaked draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade that would return the issue of abortion to the states and that he found Kavanaugh’s address online. (Kavanaugh and other conservative justices were doxxed last month by pro-abortion activists over the draft leak.) Roske also allegedly said he had another reason to kill Kavanaugh, that he was upset about the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas and that he thought Kavanaugh would side with the Second Amendment and rule to loosen gun control measures.
H/t Alex Mallin:
New: Here's the unsealed arrest affidavit for Nicholas Roske — the man arrested near Justice Kavanaugh's home. He had a Glock 17 pistol w/ two magazines, tactical chest rig and knife, a pistol light, pepper spray, zip ties and other tools. https://t.co/jqF2B6p9Ml pic.twitter.com/dcwJGPhh9g
— Alex Mallin (@alex_mallin) June 8, 2022