June 17, 2022

Investigators: Suspect in Kavanaugh Assassination Attempt Called 911 Himself after Conversation with Sister

California man Nicholas Roske was arrested last week near US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's home for an alleged assassination plot to kill the justice. According to police, Roske texted his sister after arriving in a taxi near Kavanaugh's home. She convinced him to call 911.

"The suspect arrived by taxi and observed the U.S. marshals, and he turned around to contemplate his next move," Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said in a statement to the Washington Post. "This is when he texted his sister and told her of his intentions, and she convinced him to call 911, which he did."

The audio from Roske's 911 call is available here.

In the 15-minute phone call, Roske told the operator, "I need psychiatric help."

Roske told police that he was upset with the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. He was also angry about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and he told police that he believed Kavanaugh would vote to loosen gun control laws.

When Roske was arrested, he was carrying a bag with a gun, ammunition, a knife, pepper spray, a screwdriver, zip ties, and other gear.