Nicholas John Roske, 26, has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly threatening to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
Maryland authorities investigating a plot to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh have released 911 calls that see 26-year-old Nicholas Roske calling to turn himself in.
Roske was charged with attempted murder earlier this week.
He had had traveled thousands of miles from Simi Valley, California, to the home of Brett Kavanaugh at about 1am on Wednesday, where he noticed a pair of deputy U.S. marshals stationed outside as part of the Supreme Court Justice’s regular security detail.
It was then he decided to walk around the corner and 911 to turn himself in.
‘I need psychiatric help,’ he told them, admitting he’d traveled to hurt ‘Brett Kavanaugh … the Supreme Court justice.’
Roske told the 911 operator that as well as his intention to assassinate the sitting Supreme Court justice, he was having suicidal and homicidal thoughts, newly released 911 call records obtained by the Washington Examiner detail.
‘I’ve been having them for a long time,’ Roske said. ‘I’m from California. I came over here to act on them.’
Roske explained how he intended to hurt someone and himself.
Roske, pictured, told the 911 operator that as well as an intention to assassinate the sitting Supreme Court justice, he was having suicidal and homicidal thoughts
In 911 calls, Roske (left and right) allegedly told operators that he was upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. He is pictured left and right in older photos
‘I brought a firearm with me, but it’s unloaded and locked in the case… It’s in a suitcase. It’s a black suitcase… I’m standing near it, but the suitcase is zip-tied shut. I just came from the airport.’
Roske placed two calls to 911 at first hanging up and promising to call back with his location.
‘I’m standing now, but I can sit, whatever. I want to be fully compliant. So whatever they want me to do, I’ll do.’ Roske told the 911 operator.
FBI agents are seen inside Roske’s Simi Valley, California, home on Wednesday night after he was arrested for the alleged assassination plot
Roske had travelled with tools to facilitate a burglary, including a gun and even a special pair of hiking boots with soles that allowed for quieter movement inside a house.
When police conducted a search of Roske’s locked bag and suitcase, they found two magazines and ammunition together with a newly bought pistol, a black tactical chest rig, a tactical knife, and pepper spray.
Roske also had a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch, crow bar, and hiking boots together with zip ties and duct tape.
During a confession to the 911 operator, he explained how he had left his home in California while his parents were on vacation in Hawaii and stashed all of his tools and weapons into his luggage.
After being asked why he planned to hurt himself and Kavanaugh, he said: ‘I didn’t think I could get away with it.’
Roske later told investigators he angry about the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in the coming months.
He also said the was unhappy at a potential role Kavanaugh might play during a loosening of gun laws in a separate high-profile case that has yet to come before the court.
Protesters returned to Kavanaugh’s Maryland home just hours after Roske was arrested while carrying a disturbing arsenal of weapons and equipment
A woman holding a ‘liar’ sign with Kavanaugh’s face on it and another saying ‘mind your own uterus’ walk outside his home on Wednesday night
Roske is now in custody and has been slapped with federal charges of ‘attempted murder of a Supreme Court Justice.’
He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted, as well as up to a $50,000 fine.
The arrest came as the court prepares to release potentially landmark judgements on politically charged cases on gun rights and abortion by the end of June.
A draft opinion in the abortion case that was leaked at the beginning of May, written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, suggested that the court was poised to overturn the five-decade-old Roe v Wade ruling that said women had a constitutional right to obtain abortions.
If Alito’s draft opinion goes through with support from a majority of the justices, it will likely allow many states to immediately implement full or near-full bans on the procedure.
Kavanaugh and his wife are the parents of two young daughters. They all reside in the home that was apparently targeted by the suspect
The prospect has sparked anger and dismay among advocates of abortion rights, and led to protests at the homes of Kavanaugh, Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.
After the leak and the protests, security was increased for the justices and barriers were raised around the court itself to prevent protestors from nearing the building.
Attorney General Merrick Garland referred to the threat Roske posed during a press conference on Wednesday.
‘It’s obviously behavior that we will not tolerate. Threats of violence and actual violence against the justices, of course, strike at the heart of our democracy. And we will do everything we can to prevent them and to hold people who do them accountable,’ Garland said.
Police stand guard as abortion rights activists protest near the house of US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in Chevy Chase, Maryland in September 2021
Kavanaugh is one of six justices in the court’s conservative wing, against three progressives, but he is not viewed as being as hardline as Alito or some of the others on the bench.
A Catholic native of Washington, his nomination in 2018 to the high court drew particularly heated debates over his views toward women and abortion rights.
His confirmation gave conservatives a 5-4 majority on the court, which grew further when Catholic, stridently anti-abortion Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined in October 2020.
The leak of the Alito draft opinion sparked speculation that someone was hoping to push the court in one direction or another in its final ruling on the abortion case.
Some analysts believe that Roberts and Kavanaugh could occupy a moderating position on the final judgement to partially sustain the abortion protections in the original 1973 Roe v Wade decision.