Washington, DC – U.S. Capitol Police are negotiating with a North Carolina man who pulled a truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress and told police that he had a bomb.
The incident began when a man law enforcement has identified as Floyd Ray Roseberry of Grover, North Carolina, stopped his pickup truck by the U.S. Capitol, WCNC reported.
Roseberry then continued down the street about a block and pulled onto the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress.
Several law enforcement officials said that the driver told a police officer who approached him on the sidewalk that he had a bomb inside of his truck, WCNC reported.
The officer said that the suspect was holding something in his hand that could have been a detonator, MSNBC reported.
Police have said they haven’t seen an explosive device in the bed of the truck or in what they can see of the interior of the vehicle, but law enforcement is treating it as an explosive device scene.
SWAT and bomb squad units were called to the scene.
There is a standoff ongoing between police and the driver of the pickup, MSNBC reported.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger confirmed that police are in communication with the suspect and negotiations are ongoing, WCNC reported.
The Huffington Post posted video to Twitter they said was from the scene in which the driver appeared to be addressing his remarks to President Joe Biden.
“If you blow my truck up, man hey, it’s on you, Joe,” the man said. “I’m ready to die for a cause.”
“And brother, you said if you could anything to save one life, one life, you said you’d do it. Well, you got a chance,” he said in the video. “I want to go home [unintelligible], I want to go home and see my wife.”
The driver may have been referring to a remark Biden made as vice president in 2013 during an argument for gun control, the Daily Voice reported.
“As the president [Obama] said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking,” President Biden said at the time. “But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”
“We’re livin’ in a free country, Joe. The choice is yours,” the man identified by WCNC as Roseberry continued in the video.
“If you wanna shoot me and take the chance of blowin’ up two and a half city blocks, cause that toolbox is full,” the man said.
“Ammonium nitrate, it’s full,” he added. “I don’t wanna die, Joe, I wanna go home.”
NEW: “The revolution is on. It’s here… I’m ready to die for the cause.”
Here’s video from the man who said he’s got a bomb outside the Capitol.
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) August 19, 2021
In a second video posted to Twitter by the Huffington Post, the man appeared to be delivering a warning.
“But I’m telling you, bud. The south’s here. There’s five of us spread all across your little DC part here…” he said in that video.
In yet a third video posted to Twitter, the driver got into detail about the bomb he claimed to have in his truck.
“I’m telling you, my windows pop, this bomb’s gonna go. It’s made for distance,” the man said in the video.
Then he warned that the bombs had been built by military experts.
“And if you don’t think it’s real gunpowder in there boss man, there’s gunpowder in there, and this is some of the strongest shit you can get and it’s full. I got two-and-a-half pounds of Tannerite [unintelligible]. But I’m telling you, Biden, if these window pop, this bomb goes. And there’s five of ’em here.”
The Library of Congress and the Canon House Office Building nearby have been evacuated, MSNBC reported.
Most members of Congress are in their home districts during the August recess.
UPDATE: The suspect surrendered to authorities shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 19.
I am aware of the bomb threat near the Capitol, and I am glad to hear that the suspect has surrendered to authorities.
Today is another reminder of the selfless heroism of @CapitolPolice and all law enforcement who keep us safe.
Thank you for your service.
— Chuck Fleischmann (@RepChuck) August 19, 2021
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