Federal agents raided the family home of a Simi Valley man accused of plotting to assassinate the Supreme Court
Nicholas John Roske, 26, was charged with attempted murder of a Supreme Court justice. If convicted, he risks a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.
“They were always nice people, so it’s a surprise more than anything else,” said neighbor Zach Quadri.
The FBI slammed the front door of Roske’s family home in Simi Valley on Wednesday night after receiving a search warrant.
Roske was arrested and seized his backpack and suitcase, which according to authorities contained a black tactical chest, tactical knife, a Glock 17 pistol with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, zipper, a hammer, screwdriver, nails, the koben. , pistol light, duct tape, hiking boots with padding on the outside of the soles and other things.
“Threats of violence and, in fact, violence against the courts are at the heart of our democracy,” said Justice Minister Merrick Garland.
Legal documents indicate that Roske was outraged by the leak of a recent draft Supreme Court decision to possibly overturn Roe v. Wade and worried
Roske also told the Montgomery County Emergency Communications Center that he had traveled from California to Maryland to kill a specific Supreme Court justice and had a firearm in his suitcase while having “suicidal thoughts,” Justice Department officials said. Montgomery County police, who were dispatched to look into the call, found Roske, who was still on the phone with the sender, according to authorities.
“I think it’s a scary time we live in and people really need to take care of each other and mental health is a big issue going on in the world,” said one neighbor.