The young California man who sought to assassinate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was talked down from the ledge, so to speak, by a relative, according to police.
Previously, reports noted that 26-year-old Nicholas Roske told authorities that he flew from California with the intent to kill the justice. Reports said he took a taxi to Kavanaugh’s Chevy Chase, Md., home in the middle of the night on Wednesday. He was walking down the streets of Kavanaugh’s neighborhood when he called 911 and ultimately surrendered to authorities.
“The suspect arrived by taxi and observed the U.S. marshals, and he turned around to contemplate his next move,” Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said, according to The Washington Post. “This is when he texted his sister and told her of his intentions, and she convinced him to call 911, which he did.”
The Daily Wire reports:
Investigators have shown great interest in exactly why Roske made the 911 call, The Post reported, suggesting that Roske’s sister may have played a pivotal role in stopping the 26-year-old’s plan to break into the Kavanaugh home and kill the justice.
It is not immediately clear what Roske and his sister texted about or how long they communicated, according to the publication. About 33 minutes passed between Roske seeing two deputy U.S. marshals near Kavanaugh’s home and Roske calling 911, court records and Montgomery County 911 recordings reviewed by MSN indicate.
He walked around the corner from Kavanaugh’s house during this period of time and stood about 1.5 blocks away, the publication reported.
“We believe the presence of the deputies assigned outside of Justice Kavanaugh’s home served as the deterrent in this incident,” Drew J. Wade, chief of the Office of Public Affairs for the U.S. Marshals Service, said. “While the deputies did not witness anything that would have resulted in an enforcement action, their vigilance and posture averted a potential violent act against the Justice.”
A Justice Dept. affidavit details how Roske allegedly traveled to Kavanaugh’s home armed with weapons and burglary tools with the intent to kill the justice so as to prevent him from ruling on Second Amendment and abortion cases.
“On June 8, 2022, at approximately 1:05 a.m., two United States Deputy Marshals saw an individual dressed in black clothing and carrying a backpack and a suitcase, get out of a taxicab that had stopped in front of the Montgomery County, Maryland, residence of a current Justice of the United States Supreme Court,” the affidavit said.
“An inventory search of the seized suitcase and backpack revealed a black tactical chest rig and tactical knife, a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, paper spray, zip ties, a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crow bar, pistol light, duct tape, hiking boots with padding on the outside of the soles, and other items,” the affidavit said.