US Supreme Court threat: California gunman arrested near Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s home in Maryland, officials say

WASHINGTON — A man with a gun, knife and zip ties was arrested Wednesday near Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home after threatening to kill the judge.

Nicholas John Roske of Simi Valley, California, identified in a criminal complaint for the attempted murder of a Supreme Court Justice, was dressed in black when he arrived in a cab at Kavanaugh’s home in suburban Washington just after 1 a.m.

Roske, 26, had a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, a knife, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape and other items that he told police would break into Kavanaugh’s home and kill him, according to a criminal complaint and an affidavit a federal court in Maryland.

Roske said he bought the gun to kill Kavanaugh and would also kill himself, the affidavit said.

Roske told police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case.

He also said he was upset by the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and believes Kavanaugh will vote to relax gun control laws, the affidavit said.

The court is currently considering a challenge to New York’s requirements to obtain a permit to carry a gun in public, a case that could make it easier to be armed on the streets of New York and other major cities.

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As he got out of the taxi, Roske was spotted by two US Marshals, who are part of the round-the-clock security provided to judges following the leak of the draft advisory opinion last month.

But Roske was only arrested after calling 911 in Montgomery County, Maryland, saying he had suicidal thoughts and planning to kill Kavanaugh after finding the judge’s address online.

According to the affidavit, Roske was still on the phone when Montgomery County police arrived at the scene.

“This type of behavior is obviously behavior that we will not tolerate,” Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters on Wednesday. “Threats of violence and actual violence against the judiciary, of course, go to the heart of our democracy and we will do everything we can to prevent them and hold the people who do them accountable.”

President Joe Biden commended authorities for the speedy arrest of the man, White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in an email.

There have been protests outside the homes of Kavanaugh and other judges, as well as demonstrations outside the courthouse, where a security fence surrounds the building and nearby roads have been closed.

A Department of Homeland Security report says the draft statement leaked in early May has sparked a spate of threats against officials and others and increased the likelihood of extremist violence.

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