Man Who Threatened to Set Off Bomb Near U.S. Capitol Taken into Custody

Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger Image credit: EPA

After a confrontation that immobilized a stretch of Washington for over five hours on Thursday, a man who was alleging to carry a bomb in his vehicle near the U.S. Capitol yielded to officers, Reuters reports.

The perpetrator, who was identified as Floyd Ray Roseberry, parked his pickup truck across the U.S. Library of Congress and informed a policeman who approached him that he had a bomb while carrying what looked to be a detonator, according to Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger.

While negotiating with Roseberry, 49, police blocked off streets and evacuated adjacent businesses.

Officers were able to take him into custody with no difficulty since he surrendered and did not confront law enforcement, according to Manger.

The vehicle had probable bomb-making ingredients, but no device, according to police. Roseberry appears to have acted alone, according to two law enforcement authorities who wished to remain anoymous.

His motivation, according to police, remains unknown.

During the standoff in Washington, D.C., federal authorities searched his house in Grover, North Carolina.

Roseberry was characterized by neighbors as a Republican who wore a red “MAGA” hat to demonstrate his support for former President Donald Trump on occasion. He frequently condemned Democrats on his social media profiles, too.

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