On Thursday, the United States Capitol Police took a North Carolina person into custody when he claimed to have a bomb in his parked truck. Security forces safely took Floyd Ray Roseberry, forty-nine, the surrendered man, into custody after some hours of dialogs with him and evacuations around Capitol Hill.
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According to the statement of Tom Manager, the Capitol Police Chief, police officers responded to a random call after a person drove a truck onto the sidewalk ahead of the Library of Congress, just east of the Capitol building. Moreover, the driver told the responding police officer at the scene that he had explosives and the officer that the person seemed to have a detonator in his hand.
Police said they searched the truck after the surrender of the driver and found bomb-making supplies but no bomb. Still, police didn’t reveal the motive of the suspect, and they didn’t announce any charges. During the deadlock, police communicated with the man as he wrote some notes to show them to officers from inside the truck. In response, the officers used a whiteboard for communication.
According to some news reports, the suspect live-streamed the standoff on social media platforms such as Facebook and made anti-government statements, but Facebook removed the live-streamed video. On the other hand, the Capitol Police wouldn’t confirm those reports.
Police Evacuated Several Buildings amid Bombing Threat
According to alerts sent to staff members, the authorities evacuated two Labara of Congress buildings and also the Cannon House Office Building earlier on Thursday after a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity. Officials also alerted the staff member in the Jefferson and Madison buildings through email to relocate and stay calm and not to exit toward First Street. Likewise, the officials also advised those people in Cannon to relocate to the Longworth House Office Building using the underground tunnels of the Capitol.