On Wednesday, June 8, federal agents raided the home of Nicholas Roske, the suspect charged with the attempted murder of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. As detailed by the New York Post, the FBI broke down the front door of the Roske family home in Simi Valley, California, after agents canvassed the area and questioned the neighbors. They did have a search warrant.
One of those neighbors, Zach Quadri, told news outlets that it was a “surprise more than anything,” noting that the Roskes are kind people.
Nicholas Roske had been arrested earlier on Wednesday outside the home of Justice Kavanaugh. He was taken into custody after 911 was called up and informed that Roske was suicidal and had a firearm with him. When the 26-year-old was apprehended near Kavanaugh’s home in Montgomery County, Maryland, he had much more than a Glock pistol.
Specifically, Roske had a backpack and suitcase containing ammunition, tactical gear, a knife, pepper spray, zip ties, duct tape, a hammer, and a screwdriver. He told the dispatcher that he had trekked from California to Maryland to kill a Supreme Court justice. Roske has been charged with a single count of attempting to kidnap or murder a federal judge. If convicted, the young man faces up to 20 years in prison.
Roske told investigators that he was seeking purpose in his life and decided to accomplish this by killing Kavanaugh. He chose his target over the leaked Roe v. Wade draft and his dismay over the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Roske also believes Kavanaugh will vote to loosen rather than strengthen gun control laws.
During his hearing in Greenbelt, Maryland, Roske paused several times while being questioned. He claimed to have a “reasonable understanding” of what was happening but felt he was not thinking clearly. He told the court that he was taking medication but did not disclose what that medication was or why he was taking it.
Dan Shannon, Roske’s grandfather, called him “a good kid,” adding that the charges against his grandson are “extremely out of character.”