Breaking: Man In Capitol Hill Bomb Threat Surrenders To Police, After Saying He Had Detonator

Breaking: Man In Capitol Hill Bomb Threat Surrenders To Police, After Saying He Had Detonator

WASHINGTON D.C. — Capitol Police say they have taken into custody “without incident” the man threatening to detonate a bomb from his pickup truck on Capitol Hill.

 

 

 

 

Police responded Thursday afternoon to a bomb threat on Capitol Hill, where a man in a pickup truck claimed the vehicle would detonate if law enforcement shoots through his windows. Congress is on recess, although buildings in and around the Capitol complex have been evacuated.

According to Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, the man, identified as Ray Roseberry, drove onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress around 9:15 a.m., telling an officer he had a bomb. The officer believed Roseberry to be holding a detonator.

In a press conference around 12:00 p.m. ET, Manger said “negotiations [were] ongoing.” According to reports, Roseberry was communicating with police by writing notes and shouting from the truck.

Federalist Editor Christopher Bedford reported from the scene, posting pictures and videos from outside the police perimeter. “Police down the line seem calm,” Bedford wrote.

By 2 p.m., churches on 1st Street, apartment buildings in the area, and the Capitol South Metro were locked down or evacuated.

Roseberry appeared to be posting long live-streams to Facebook as the morning unfolded. A Facebook profile under the man’s name included several of these streams throughout the morning, matching the description of the event and revealing potential motivations. The profile was later removed by Facebook.

“If you wanna shoot me, and take the chance of blowing up two and a half city blocks … cause that toolbox is full [of] ammonium nitrate,” Roseberry said in one of the videos.

In the streams, Roseberry spoke directly to President Joe Biden, repeatedly urging him not to shoot through the glass of the truck because it would detonate the explosion, which he also claimed he had no control over. “The revolution’s on,” he said at one point, later claiming the revolution would begin if law enforcement detonated the explosion by shooting at the truck.

Roseberry’s streams revealed an unclear political motivation, with the man saying at one point he “loved” Nancy Pelosi. He also repeatedly criticized Democrats. “I don’t care if Donald Trump ever becomes President again. It doesn’t matter to me,” Roseberry argued, saying at another point, “Black, white, lesbian, LGBT, it don’t matter, we’re Americans.”

This is a developing story and will continue to be updated. 

Emily Jashinsky is culture editor at The Federalist. You can follow her on Twitter @emilyjashinsky .
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