The 26-year-old man accused of threatening to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh outside his Maryland home has been indicted by a federal grand jury.
Nicholas Roske has been indicted on one count of attempted murder of a United States judge, the Justice Department announced Wednesday night.
The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of a firearm, two magazines each loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition, 17 rounds of ammunition in a plastic bag, and other items that police believe Roske planned to use in his attempted murder.
Just before 1 a.m. on June 8, Roske, dressed in all black and clutching a suitcase and backpack, got out of a cab near Kavanaugh’s Chevy Chase home and passed two deputy U.S. marshals parked outside, according to a report. affidavit of arrest obtained by the news of the day.
Rather than confront the marshals, Roske allegedly walked away and called 911, telling the operator that she was having suicidal thoughts, had a gun in her bag and had come to kill a judge, without identifying Kavanaugh by name. prosecutors said.
Montgomery County Police found a black tactical chest rig, a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines, ammunition, a knife, pepper spray, zip ties and duct tape inside his backpack when he was arrested.
Roske allegedly told detectives that he was “upset” by the Supreme Court’s expected decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and believed that Kavanaugh would vote to relax gun control laws despite recent mass shootings.
If convicted of the federal charge, Roske faces life in prison.