North Carolina man surrenders after Capitol Hill bomb threat forces evacuation of area

North Carolina man surrenders after Capitol Hill bomb threat forces evacuation of area

A North Carolina man surrendered on Thursday to police hours after telling them he had a bomb in his truck parked outside the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill.

That threat by the suspect, 49-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry, led to the evacuation of the library, the Supreme Court, the Cannon House Office Building, and the offices of the Republican National Committee.

“He got out of the vehicle and surrendered, and the tactical units that were close by took him into custody without incident,” said U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger.

“He gave up and did not resist.”

A person is apprehended after being in a pickup truck parked on the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, as seen from a window of the U.S. Capitol, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Washington.

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Manger said there was a propane gas container in the truck, but “at this point we think that’s safe.”

Roseberry posted several videos online while sitting in his truck in the hours before he surrendered, asking President Joe Biden to “send someone out here to talk to me,” and calling for attacks on the Taliban in Afghanistan.

On those videos, Roseberry claimed he had a seven-pound keg of gunpowder and 2.5 pounds of the explosive tannerite in the truck. He also said his wife has cancer and that health insurance would not cover some treatment for her.

“I promised my wife I’d be home Sunday, whichever home it is. I’ve cleared my conscience with God,” Roseberry said.

“Calling all patriots. Calling all patriots. Don’t make the wrong decision, Biden,” he said. “When you shoot these windows out the revolution is on even harder … there gonna be four more goin’ off across this town”

A man named Floyd Ray Roseberry who claims to be sitting in his truck with explosives speaks during a Facebook livestream in a still image from video taken in Washington, U.S. August 19, 2021.

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Manger said that Roseberry, who most recently lived in Grover, North Carolina, had some losses of family,” including his mother, who “recently passed away.”

“There were other issues that he was dealing with,” the chief said.

Manger earlier had told reporters that Roseberry drove his truck onto the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress at about 9:15 a.m.

When Capitol Police responded to a call about the truck, “The driver of the truck told the responding officer on the scene that he had a bomb and what appeared, the officer said, appeared to be a detonator in the man’s hand,” Manger said.

“So we immediately evacuated the nearby buildings,” Manger said.

The area quickly was swarming with officers from a slew of law-enforcement agencies: Capitol Police, FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Washington, D.C., police.

Police negotiators began communicating with Roseberry, and sharpshooters took up positions in the area surrounding the truck.

A police sniper team remains in position near the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill August 19, 2021 in Washington, DC.

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Sydney Bobb, a student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, told CNBC that he had been walking to a class at United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill when she saw Roseberry in his truck outside the Library of Congress.

“I look up and see a guy throwing [$1 bills] out of his truck,” said Bobb, who snapped a photo of the bizarre scene, which she posted on Twitter.

“I heard him say, like, he had a bomb on him.”

Congress and the Supreme Court are not currently in session, which reduced the number of people who normally would be working around the Capitol Hill complex.

Roseberry was making anti-government statements, according to law enforcement officials who spoke with NBC News.

A Facebook livestream showed Roseberry in his truck outside the Library of Congress.

A pickup truck is parked on the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, as seen from a window of the U.S. Capitol, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Washington.

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Facebook removed the stream about 90 minutes after the video was recorded, a company spokesman said.

One of the explosives Roseberry claimed to have, tannerite, is popular in target shooting.

Tannerite is a binary explosive. Each part separately is not an explosive element, but when combined they are combustible.

Overuse of tannerite has been responsible for several gender reveal parties gone wrong in recent years, and was also popularized by the show “Tiger King'”

During the standoff, Roseberry communicated with authorities by writing on a dry-erase board that he had in the vehicle. He refused to use a telephone that was sent to him with a police robot, according to Manger.

People are evacuated from the James Madison Memorial Building, a Library of Congress building, in Washington on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, as law enforcement investigate a report of a pickup truck containing an explosive device near the U.S. Capitol.

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The White House received updates from law enforcement during the standoff.

Subways were bypassing the Capitol South station because of the investigation, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said.

– Additional reporting by CNBC’s Amanda Macias, Bradley Howard and Brian Schwartz

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