Police charge man arrested outside Kavanaugh's home with attempted murder: reports

The suspect also believed Kavanaugh "would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws," the filing states

Updated: June 8, 2022 - 3:26pm

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A California man carrying weapons near the Maryland home of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh was arrested early Wednesday morning and now faces attempted murder charges, according to news reports.

The suspect, identified by Fox News as Nicholas John Roske, was carrying a gun, knife and pepper spray when he was arrested, sources told the outlet.

A criminal complaint reportedly shows that Roske now faces a charge of attempting to murder a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. He is scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday afternoon in Maryland.

Per the affidavit, Roske told officers he wanted "to give his life purpose" and bought the weapons with the intention of breaking into the home, killing Kavanaugh and then committing suicide.

Roske told law enforcement that "he was upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to an abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas," according to the affidavit.

He also believed Kavanaugh "would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws," the filing states.

The incident follows the publication of a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicating the bench's conservative major, which includes Kavanaugh, is ready to rule on a case that would overturns Roe. v. Wade, the 49-year-old decision that guaranteed nationwide the constitutional right to have an abortion.

The man was arrested at about 1:50 a.m., a Supreme Court spokeswoman said in a statement.

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