Roske said he wanted to give his life purpose. He found Kavanaugh’s address online.
“Roske then told the detective 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.” pic.twitter.com/Yec8tDBYnH
— Kevin Lewis (@KevinLewis7News) June 8, 2022
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Maryland, Roske brought a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, a knife, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape and other items which he told police he intended to use to break into Kavanaugh’s house and kill him.
Roske, 26, told police he was upset by a leaked draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is about to overrule Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case. He also said he was upset over the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, and believed Kavanaugh would vote to loosen gun control laws, the affidavit said.
When he got out of the taxi, Roske was spotted by two U.S. Marshals who are part of round-the-clock security provided to the justices following the leak of the draft opinion last month. But Roske was only apprehended after he called 911 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and said he was having suicidal thoughts and planned to kill Kavanaugh, having found the justice’s address online. Roske was still on the phone when Montgomery County police arrived on the scene, according to the affidavit. -Fox News
“This kind of behavior is obviously behavior we will not tolerate,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland in a Wednesday presser. “Threats of violence and actual violence against the justices of course strike at the heart of our democracy and we will do everything we can to prevent them and to hold people who do them accountable.”
Roske faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.