Authorities Warned of Violence in DC Before Capitol Hill Bomb Threat

Floyd Ray Roseberry appeared in federal court in Washington a day after he claimed to have a bomb in his truck parked outside the Library of Congress.
Floyd Ray Roseberry appeared in federal court in Washington a day after he claimed to have a bomb in his truck parked outside the Library of Congress.

August 20, 2021 – In Breaking News – CNBc

The North Carolina man whose claim of having a bomb in his truck parked on Capitol Hill led to evacuations of the Supreme Court and other buildings was charged Friday with threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device.

The man, Floyd Ray Roseberry, was also ordered detained without bail at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., pending a medical screening, a day after he ranted on a Facebook livestream that the “revolution starts today” while threatening to ignite explosives.

(A Cleveland County man claiming to have an explosive device outside the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. is in custody after surrendering to police. Courtesy of WCNC and YouTube. Posted on Aug 19, 2021.)

Later Friday, a court filing revealed that a relative of Roseberry had warned North Carolina law enforcement authorities on Wednesday — a day before the bomb threat — that Roseberry recently expressed anti-government views and planned to travel to Washington or Virginia to conduct acts of violence.

The same filing contained a photo of Roseberry in his truck holding a can that later was found to contain powder of unknown origin.

Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui ordered the medical evaluation after Roseberry said it would be difficult to understand the proceedings because he has been denied medications for his blood pressure and “my mind medicine” since surrendering to police on Thursday.

“My memory isn’t that well, sir,” Roseberry said during the remote appearance via audio linkup.

“We don’t have to see each other eye to eye,” Roseberry said at one point, referring to the lack of physical presence or video.

“I can tell in your voice you’re a good man … I’m willing to do whatever’s asked.”

(U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger says “Floyd Ray Roseberry from Grover, NC was taken into custody without incident…he got out of the vehicle and surrendered…we don’t know if there are any explosives in the vehicle. It’s still an active scene.” Courtsy of C-SPAN and YouTube. Posted on Aug 19, 2021.)

Roseberry, who said he is 51 years old despite authorities saying he is 49, was appointed a federal public defender by Faruqui.

He is next due in court on Wednesday. Roseberry faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison if convicted on the weapon of mass destruction charge.

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