A criminal complaint was filed against Nicholas John Roske of Simi Valley, California, charging him with attempted murder of a Supreme Court Justice. According to the Justice Department, in the early morning of June 8, 2022, two U.S. Deputy Marshals saw an individual dressed in black and carrying a backpack and a suitcase get out of a taxi in front of the residence of a sitting Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Shortly thereafter, emergency services received a call from Roske allegedly informing them that he traveled to Maryland to kill a specific Supreme Court Justice. Police officers were dispatched and apprehended Roske, who was still on the telephone. A search of bags yielded a tactical chest rig and knife, a pistol with two magazines, duct tape, and hiking boots with padding on the bottom, among other items.
Roske allegedly told detectives that he was upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding abortion rights, as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. If convicted, Roske faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison for attempted murder of a United States Judge.
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- California Man Facing Federal Charges in Maryland for Attempted Murder of a United States Judge