WASHINGTON—An armed man was arrested near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home early Wednesday and charged with attempted murder after making threats against the justice, authorities said.
Nicholas John Roske, 26 years old, of Simi Valley, Calif., was allegedly carrying a pistol with two magazines and ammunition, a knife, pepper spray, zip ties and various household tools at the time he was arrested, according to the Justice Department.
The arrest intensified concerns over acts of violence ahead of key Supreme Court rulings, congressional votes and the midterm elections, and came just days after a gunman carrying a list of elected officials shot and killed a retired Wisconsin judge.
Federal agents spotted Mr. Roske at 1:05 a.m., dressed in black clothing and carrying a backpack and a suitcase as he got out of a taxi in front of Justice Kavanaugh’s house, the Justice Department said.
After seeing agents in front of Mr. Kavanaugh’s house, Mr. Roske walked away and called the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center and said that he was having suicidal thoughts and had a firearm in his suitcase—and said he planned to kill Justice Kavanaugh, according to prosecutors. He was arrested while still on the call.