The California man accused of hatching an ill-fated conspiracy to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh forced his sister to abruptly abandon her plan and call 911 on her own, officials revealed.
Nicholas John Roske, 26, was reportedly armed with a Glock 17 pistol and a knife when he was arrested by police after taking a cab to Kavanaugh’s Maryland home in the early hours of June 8.
Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones told the Washington Post on Monday that Roske’s sister convinced him to surrender when she approached him after reaching outside Kavanaugh’s home.
“The suspect arrived by taxi and saw the US Marshal and he turned around to consider his next move,” Jones said.
“This is when he texted his sister and told her about his intentions, and she convinced him to call 911, which he did.”
It was not immediately clear what Roske told her sister – or what she said in response that resulted in her abandoning her alleged plot.
It’s also unclear how long the siblings had been texting before Roske called 911 and confessed to their alleged plans to kill a Supreme Court justice.
According to a criminal complaint from last week, police arrived minutes after Roske told the 911 operator that he was having “suicidal thoughts.”
In newly released audio of the 911 call, Roske indicated that his gun was locked in a suitcase near him.
“Do you have access to any weapons?” The 911 operator can be heard asking.
“Yeah. I brought a shotgun with me, but it’s unloaded and locked in the case,” Roske reportedly replied. “I’m standing next to it, but the suitcase is zip-tied. I just got from the airport.”
The complaint said that in addition to weapons, Roske had ammunition, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape, and other items that he told police he would break into Kavanaugh’s home and use to kill him. was planning, the complaint said.
Investigators probing the conspiracy believe the presence of two marshals outside Kavanaugh’s home acted as a deterrent.
Wade of the US Marshals Service told the outlet, “While the deputy saw nothing that would have resulted in an enforcement action, his alertness and posture averted a potentially violent act against justice.”
Roske said he was in Roe v. Wade and Uvalde, Texas, were angered by the leaking of a Supreme Court draft in hopes of averting the school shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers, according to the complaint.
He also believed Kavanaugh would loosen gun control laws and conspired to kill Justice after finding his address online to “give his life a purpose,” Roske reportedly told police. .