The plot to kill Brett Kavanaugh: Nicholas Roske wanted to know 'most effective place to stab someone'
Roske said killing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over Roe v Wade leak would 'give his life a puprose'
Update: Brett Kavanaugh's would be killer, Nicholas Roske, indulged in some questionable conversations online while planning to execute his plan of killing the Supreme Court Justice. According to details in his warrant application, he wanted to find out the “most effective place to stab someone” before showing up at Kavanaugh's home.
The FBI search warrant obtained by Fox News stated that Roske, 26, had some alarming conversations with strangers online as he tried to form his plan. “Roske said that he used his Reddit account to ask individuals, who were unknown to him, questions in order to refine his plan to kill the Justice,” authorities said. He searched the web for things like “how to be stealthy,” “assassin skills” and “most effective place to stab someone” in the weeks before his alleged June 8 assassination attempt. The warrant states that he told someone he planned to “remove some people from the Supreme Court” in order to “stop roe v wade from being overturned” in an online forum conversation.
What is even more alarming is that Roske, who used the email address [email protected], planned to target at least two other unnamed Supreme Court justices after Kavanaugh. In his online conversation, he said he was “shooting for 3” justices.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND: A California man armed with a pistol and tactical knife was arrested near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home on Wednesday, June 8, after he hatched a plan to murder him to “give his life purpose,” prosecutors said. Nicholas John Roske, 26, was arrested by the Montgomery County Police Department at about 1:50. He is facing a charge of attempted murder, court records revealed. If convicted he could face up to 20 years in federal prison
Two marshals stationed outside Kavanaugh's residence saw Roske, dressed in black, getting out of a cab, carrying a backpack and a suitcase. When he saw the marshals, he reportedly walked down the block and called 911, telling an operator he was having “suicidal thoughts". He also told them he had a firearm on him and wanted to kill Kavanaugh.
Investigators took him into custody after they searched his suitcase and found a small arsenal, including a tactical police vest, a tactical knife, pepper spray, zip ties, a Glock 17 pistol and two magazines and ammunition. A number of burglary tools were also found, including a hammer, a screwdriver, a nail punch, a crow bar, a pistol light, duct tape and a pair of hiking boots with padding on the soles' exterior part, which showed his intention to break into Kavanaugh's home.
Why did Nicholas Roske try to kill Brett Kavanaugh?
Roske told an FBI agent that he was distressed over the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion expected to overturn Roe v Wade. He said he was also upset about the Uvalde shooting in which gunman Salvador Ramos murdered 19 children and two teachers.
The Washington Post reports, “Roske indicated that he believed the Justice that he intended to kill would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws,” according to 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.”
He allegedly found the justice's address online and decided to murder him to “give his life a purpose." Roske told the agent that he purchased the Glock and other items “for the purpose of breaking into the Justice’s residence and killing the Justice as well as himself." Kavanaugh was nominated to the high court by former president Donald Trump. He later joined with Justice Samuel Alito in voting to strike down Roe.
Who is Nicholas Roske?
Roske, a Simi Valley resident in California said that he is a college graduate and is on medication, but did not elaborate on the reason. The suspect was transported to Montgomery County Police 2nd District in Bethesda, Maryland, Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said. According to the court filings, Roske said he came from California to kill a “specific United States Supreme Court justice."
Roske hesitated to answer questions asked by US Magistrate Judge Timothy J Sullivan when he initially appeared in federal court in Greenbelt. When Sullivan asked him if he understood what was happening and if he was thinking clearly, he said, "I think I have a reasonable understanding, but I wouldn’t say I’m thinking clearly." Roske will remain in federal custody for now and has been assigned a federal public defender, Andrew Szekely.
White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said in a statement that President Joe Biden "condemns the actions of this individual in the strongest terms” and is grateful that law enforcement caught the suspect on time. “As the President has consistently made clear, public officials—including judges—must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety or that of their families,” Bates said in the statement.