After hours of negotiations and evacuations, a man who claimed to have explosives in a pickup in front of the Library of Congress turned himself into police.
A man sitting in a pickup truck in front of the Library of Congress told police Thursday that he had a bomb, prompting a massive response from law enforcement to determine if it was an operable explosive device, people briefed on it said. The case. After hours of negotiations and evacuations of government buildings, he turned himself into the police.
"Shortly after we handed over the phone, he got out of the car and surrendered and was stopped by nearby tactical units without incident," US Capital Police Chief Thomas Menger told reporters.
The suspect, an apparent right-wing extremist, had been broadcasting live on social media from his truck parked next to the Library of Congress, attacking President Joe Biden and Democrats, warning of a "revolution" and complaining about the United States government. States and their politics in Afghanistan.
Police evacuated several buildings around the capital when officers spotted a man with a detonator, the manager said.
Police negotiators contacted him when he wrote notes and showed them to authorities from inside the truck, according to three people who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Officials later identified the man as Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, of Grover, North Carolina. He was making statements against the government, according to a police official. Has a record of 22 arrests.
A Facebook spokesman confirmed to the New York Times that the company had removed a post with a video feed of the man in the truck. In the video, the man addresses President Biden, demanding to speak to him or a representative, and sometimes displays a metal object on his lap. He describes himself as a patriot and complains to Democrats. He repeatedly says he does not want to die or injure anyone but warns that the device will explode if the police shoot it.
They have two options; they can shoot me and kill me here and blow up two city blocks ... I don't want to hurt anyone. If I wanted to hurt them, I wouldn't call them to evacuate. But I'm here for a reason, for the American people here in Biden. And if you want to eliminate me, do so," says the man in the video that was broadcast live.
"My negotiators are working hard to achieve a peaceful resolution to this incident," Manger had said as they grappled with the ongoing crisis. We are trying to get as much information as possible to find a way to solve it peacefully.
The episode started around 9:15 a.m. when the van rolled up the sidewalk outside the library, the Manager revealed. The driver told the officer who responded that he had a bomb and stopped what the officer thought was a detonator. He did not have a patent.
Police dispatched snipers to the Capitol and Supreme Court area and evacuated several buildings in the vast Capitol complex. Congress is in recess this week, but staff members were seen quietly leaving the site under the direction of authorities.
The suspect is no longer at the scene and is in the custody of federal authorities. But, for now, the place where the conflict took place will remain closed to the public until the police finish processing the area.
The country's capital has been in turmoil since the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.
The fence installed around the Capitol grounds had been up for months but was removed this summer. The day before, thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the capital; homemade bombs were dropped on the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee in Washington. No one has yet arrested for planting the bomb.
The Republican National Committee, not far from where the truck was parked Thursday, was also evacuated Thursday because of the threat.
The area was blocked by police cars and barricades, and several fire trucks and ambulances were installed in the vicinity. The Columbia District Metropolitan Police, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives also responded. The White House said it was monitoring the situation and was being briefed by law enforcement.
In April, a man slammed a car into the barriers at the Capitol and killed a police officer before the attacker was shot to death.