DC Police report that no bomb was found in a pickup truck that was the focus of an active bomb threat investigation Thursday outside the Library of Congress.
Thursday morning shortly after 9:15 am, police said a man driving a black pickup truck drove onto the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress claiming to have a bomb and holding what appeared to be a detonator in his hand. The incident spurred an active bomb threat investigation and surrounding buildings and residential areas were either evacuated or put in lockdown.
From yesterday’s story:
Insider Paper reports, According to law enforcement officials, investigators reached the scene to determine whether the device was an operable explosive. The officials were not authorised to speak publicly about the situation and spoke on the condition of anonymity, AP reported.
Police sent negotiators to the truck where the man was in possession of possible explosives near Library of Congress at Capitol Hill.
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Multiple federal buildings and the United States Supreme court have been evacuated because of a suspected security threat near the Library of Congress.
Metropolitan Police Department special operations with heavy arms and gas masks are on the scene to help US Capitol police.
Several buildings and neighborhoods had to be evacuated or placed in lockdown as police investigated the threat: Jefferson Building evacuated – Madison Building sheltering in place – Possible explosive device in a pickup truck – Public told to Avoid the area.
The hours-long standoff ended Thursday afternoon when police say the suspect who has been identified as 49-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry, of Grover, North Carolina, surrendered without incident.
WTOP News: According to Capital Police, bomb-making material was found in the truck, but there was no bomb.
Upon their initial search of the truck, some “concerning” items, including a propane tank, were discovered. Police have not mentioned what else, if anything, was found in the truck.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said police negotiated with Roseberry during the standoff, including trading messages with the man via a whiteboard. Police also sent a “robot” to deliver a phone to Roseberry to communicate, but Manger said the man would not use it.
Shortly after police delivered the phone, Roseberry exited the truck and surrendered, Manger said.
“As far as we could tell, it was just his decision to surrender at that point,” Manger told reporters.
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During an earlier news conference, authorities revealed Roseberry had been live streaming parts of the incident. In a series of videos posted to Facebook Thursday, Roseberry was seen inside a truck near the Capitol with a metal barrel with wires and a dial attached to it. In rambling remarks, the man referenced Afghanistan said he was part of a revolution, made threatening remarks about President Joe Biden and made disparaging comments about Democrats. The man said he didn’t want to hurt anyone but that the bomb was wired to go off if police shot at his truck.
Asked about Roseberry’s background, Manger said authorities are not aware of any law enforcement or military experience and said Roseberry does not have a serious criminal history in North Carolina. The police chief also said there is no indication that anyone else was involved with Rosebery but it’s part of the ongoing investigation.
From the information available, it appears Roseberry is more daft than dangerous. Scrapping together suspicious items to make it appear to be explosive, then posting on social media looks like an amateurish cry for attention. He got his wish.