The U.S. Capitol was on lockdown because authorities were negotiating with a man in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress claiming to have a bomb in his truck. The man has since surrendered to authorities.
The suspect is believed to be Ray Roseberry, 49, from North Carolina. Roseberry allegedly drove his black pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress, which is situated across from the Capitol building, around 9 AM this morning.
The man was reportedly demanding airstrikes in Afghanistan to “kick the Taliban's ass,” as well as threatening to blow up two blocks of DC if President Biden didn’t come and speak with him.
According to the DailyMail, Roseberry started a Facebook livestream - that has since been removed - claiming he had a “Tannerite bomb” and wanted to speak to Joe Biden. He also reportedly said that the “revolution is here.”
“First thing we want is air strikes in Afghanistan. Kick the Taliban's ass and keep them from killing people,” Roseberry allegedly said on the livestream. “We’re living in a free country Joe, the choice is yours. If you wanna shoot me, and take the chance of blowing up two and a half city blocks, cause that tool box is full. Ammonium nitrate, it’s full. I don’t wanna die Joe, I wanna go home.”
“They need to get Joe Biden down here. I'm not hurting nobody Joe. I'm not pulling the trigger on this thing. I can't - there's no way for me to blow this up. Only you can by shooting a bullet through my window. You don't want to do it Joe,” Roseberry also said. “I love this land. We got a few options here Joe. You shoot me, this two and a half blocks is going with it. You're talking about a revolution? The revolution is on. It's here. It's today.”
According to the DailyMail, staff at the Madison and Jefferson office buildings were told to shelter in place before later being advised to evacuate their office buildings to the Second Street side of the building. The truck was on parked on First Street.
Police also reportedly evacuated the Cannon House Office Building and the Supreme Court building, even though the Supreme Court is not currently in session.
“I'm up in Washington DC, there's the Capitol of something, there's Capitol something else. I've got the police coming. I'm trying to get Joe Biden on the phone. I'm parked up here on the sidewalk right beside all this pretty stuff,” the suspect said on the Facebook livestream before ultimately surrendering to authorities Thursday afternoon.