A man who claimed to have an explosive device in a truck and threatened to blow up two and a half city blocks near the US Capitol has been taken into custody by federal authorities, US Capitol Police said Thursday.
Police have identified the suspect as 49-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry, a self-declared Trump supporter. The incident prompted multiple buildings in the area, including the Supreme Court, to be evacuated Thursday as authorities responded to an “active bomb threat investigation,” the US Capitol Police wrote on Twitter.
Roseberry drove a black pickup truck onto the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress at 9:15 a.m. ET, claiming he had a bomb and displayed what looked like a detonator to the officer on the scene, according to US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger.
He then started live streaming on Facebook by the suspect, a law enforcement official told CNN. A video that lasts about a half-hour shows an individual from inside a truck, holding a cannister that he says is a bomb and speaking about a “revolution.”
President Joe Biden has been briefed on the bomb threat on Capitol Hill, according to a White House official, who said the President “is receiving regular updates from law enforcement” on the matter.
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Floyd Ray Roseberry believed to be from Grover, NC.
Proud card-carrying member of the Y’all Queda. pic.twitter.com/HyP5xQXYeo
— Mel the Enforcer (@Fah_Lo_Me) August 19, 2021
The suspect, 49-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry, has been to safely taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/06RcwTcasQ
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) August 19, 2021