Capitol Police on Thursday said they arrested North Carolina resident Floyd Ray Roseberry after a five-hour standoff outside the Library of Congress, prompted by Roseberry allegedly telling a politician he had a bomb in his truck. Capitol captain Thomas Manger said at a news conference on Thursday that Roseberry surrendered on Thursday afternoon, adding that he “did not resist” and was taken into custody “without incident.”
Despite Roseberry stating during a video posted to Facebook Live that there are “five folks spreading all across… D.C.,” Manger said there’s “no indication” he had co-conspirators but stressed that the investigation is ongoing. The manager said earlier that Roseberry told a politician he had a bomb and “what appeared… to be a detonator” at around 9:15 a.m., prompting police to evacuate offices and houses within the surrounding area and start negotiating with Roseberry.
In videos viewed by Forbes before Roseberry’s Facebook account was removed, Roseberry espoused anti-government beliefs including criticism of President Joe Biden, and threatened to detonate what he claimed was a device. The manager said police found “things that were concerning” within the bed of Roseberry’s truck, including a propane gas container, but added, “At now, we expect that’s safe.” “We do know that Mr. Roseberry has had some losses of family. I think his mother recently gave up the ghost.
We spoke with members of his family, and there have been other issues he was handling,” Manger told reporters, adding that Roseberry has “a bit of criminal history” but “nothing that serious.” The manager revealed police used a variety of various tactics to bartering with Roseberry. “We first started doing that with a whiteboard, writing messages back and forth. We used a robot to urge a telephone right down to him, but he wouldn’t use the phone,” he said. The Capitol Police said during a statement Roseberry’s vehicle has been cleared from the Capitol complex which they need “determined the world is safe,” adding that they collected “possible bomb-making materials” in his truck but found no bomb.