The person who claimed that he attempted to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh spoke with his sister while he made his way to the home of the SCOTUS justice, states officials and that conversation just may have been what swayed him from going through with his original deadly plan.
“The suspect arrived by taxi and observed the U.S. marshals, and he turned around to contemplate his next move,” stated Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones, as reported by 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.”
Nicholas Roske, aged 26 years old, stated to police officials that he caught a flight in from California with the singular intent to find and kill the SCOTUS justice. He made use of a taxi for the trip out to Kavanaugh’s Chevy Chase, Maryland home late into the evening on Wednesday. He was walking down the road in Kavanaugh’s neighborhood when he made the choice to call up 911 and ultimately handed himself over to police officials.
Investigators surrounding the case have shown extreme interest in exactly why Roske made the choice to call 911, stated a report from The Post, making the suggestion that Roske’s sister just may have played a pivotal part in the halting of the man’s plans to try and break into the justice’s house and kill the justice.
It is still not quite clear what Roske and his sister texted about or just how long they actually spoke, reported the outlet. Almost 33 minutes passed between Roske spotting the pair of deputy U.S. marshals near Kavanaugh’s home and the subsequent call to 911 from Roske, the Montgomery County 911 recordings and court records seen by MSN seem to say.
He made his way around the corner from the justice’s house during this period of time and stood about 1.5 blocks away, reported the outlet.
“We believe the presence of the deputies assigned outside of Justice Kavanaugh’s home served as the deterrent in this incident,” stated the chief of the Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Marshals Service, Drew J. Wade. “While the deputies did not witness anything that would have resulted in an enforcement action, their vigilance and posture averted a potential violent act against the Justice.”
An affidavit from the DOJ speaks about how Roske allegedly made his way to Kavanaugh’s house while armed to the teeth and sporting burglary tools with the intent to kill the man and stop him from making a ruling about the abortion cases and the Second Amendment.
“On June 8, 2022, at approximately 1:05 a.m., two United States Deputy Marshals saw an individual dressed in black clothing and carrying a backpack and a suitcase, get out of a taxicab that had stopped in front of the Montgomery County, Maryland, residence of a current Justice of the United States Supreme Court,” stated the DOJ affidavit.
Roske spotted the two U.S. Marshals posted up by their vehicle and then continued down the road, as stated in the affidavit.
It was at that point that the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center got a call from someone who called himself Nicholas John Roske. He stated that he had suicidal thoughts, had a firearm in his suitcase, and has made his way to California to murder “a specific United States Supreme Court Justice.”
Police were then sent out to Kavanaugh’s house, where they ran into Roske still speaking with the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center. The officers were able to take Roske into custody at that point “without incident.”
“An inventory search of the seized suitcase and backpack revealed a black tactical chest rig and tactical knife, a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, paper spray, zip ties, a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crow bar, pistol light, duct tape, hiking boots with padding on the outside of the soles, and other items,” stated the affidavit.
Roske stated to authorities that he was quite 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.” he then stated that “he believed the Justice that he intended to kill would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws.”
“Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice after finding the Justice’s Montgomery County address on the Internet,” continued the affidavit. “Roske further indicated that he had purchased the Glock pistol and other items for the purpose of breaking into the Justice’s residence and killing the Justice as well as himself.”
It is still not yet clear as to if the Kavanaugh family was at home when the incident took place.