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FBI raids the residence of Nicholas Roske, the man accused of attempting to assassinate Brett Kavanaugh

Nicholas Roske, who has been accused with attempting to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, had his California house raided by FBI officials.

After securing a search warrant, federal agents converged on the Roske family's one-story residence in Simi Valley on Wednesday night and kicked down the front door.

Neighbors informed ABC 7 Eyewitness News that the agents were also combing the neighborhood and interrogating Roske.

"They were always wonderful folks, so it's more of a surprise," neighbor Zach Quadri said of Roske's family to CBS News.

Roske was apprehended outside Kavanaugh's home in Montgomery County, Maryland, earlier Wednesday with a bag and suitcase containing a Glock 17 pistol, ammo, a knife, tactical gear, pepper spray, and other materials such as zip ties, a hammer, a screwdriver, and duct tape.

After dialing 911 and informing the operator he was experiencing "suicidal thoughts" and had a handgun in his suitcase, the 26-year-old was caught.

Federal agents.
Federal agents busted down the front door after obtaining a search warrant.
Federal agents raided the family home.
Federal officials also canvassed the area and asked neighbors questions about Nicholas Roske.
Reporter outside Roske home.
A reporter stands outside Nicholas Roske’s family home.
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According to a US Justice Department press release, Roske also told the emergency communications dispatcher that he "went from California to Maryland to kill a specific Supreme Court Justice."

The suspect faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted of one count of attempting to murder or kidnap a US judge.

According to court documents, Roske told investigators that he “began thinking about how to give his life purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice.”

Law enforcement officers stand guard outside the Kavanaugh home.
Nicholas Roske was arrested earlier Wednesday outside Justice Kavanaugh’s home in Montgomery County, Maryland.
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Nicholas Roske (far right).
Nicholas Roske (far right) was armed with a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, a knife, tactical gear, pepper spray and zip ties.
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Roske expressed his displeasure with the Supreme Court's leaked draft judgment suggesting the court's intention to overturn Roe v. Wade. According to an affidavit, he was also furious about the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and feared Kavanaugh would vote to weaken gun control laws.

"Obviously, this kind of behavior will not be tolerated," Attorney General Merrick Garland told reporters on Wednesday. "Threats of violence against justices, as well as real violence against justices, strike at the heart of our democracy, and we will do everything we can to avoid them and hold those who perpetrate them accountable."

During the 10-minute hearing in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland, Roske halted numerous times while replying to standard questions from US Magistrate Judge Timothy Sullivan.

Brett Kavanaugh.
Nicholas Roske told investigators that he “began thinking about how to give his life purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice.”
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Nicholas Roske.
Nicholas Roske said he was angry over the Supreme Court’s possible intent to overturn Roe v. Wade and the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Protesters march past Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's home.
Abortion rights activists march past Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home.
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When asked if he knew what was going on and if he was thinking clearly, Roske paused before responding, "I think I have a good knowledge, but I wouldn't say I'm thinking clearly."

Roske stated that he is on medication, but he did not specify what it is or why he is taking it. He also stated that he has a college diploma.


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