facebook linkedin twitter

‘Active Bomb Threat’ on Capitol Hill Ends in Surrender

August 19, 2021 by Dan McCue
The Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. (Photo by Dan McCue)

WASHINGTON — A man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress surrendered to the police Thursday afternoon, after hours of negotiations and evacuations of several government buildings in the area.

The man, identified as Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, of Grover, North Carolina, surrendered peacefully, according to Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Capitol Police.

The incident began at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning, when Roseberry drove a black pickup onto the sidewalk in front of the library’s Court of Neptune fountain.

When a police officer, responding to a disturbance call, arrived at the scene, Roseberry said he had a bomb in the truck and one of the officers observed what appeared to be a detonator in his hand, Manger said.

The police then spent hours negotiating with the man, he said. It appears his claim of being armed with explosives was a hoax.

The Capitol complex was on lockdown for much of the day. Manger said the ongoing investigation would likely last many hours longer.

“We don’t know what his motives are at this time,” the chief said.

There was no immediate word on what charges Roseberry will face.

The five-hour long standoff made for a tense day at the Capitol Complex and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

For much of the morning, all anyone knew about what was transpring was contained in a tweet from the Capitol Police, who asked people to stay away from the area and said, “This is an ongoing investigation. We are monitoring this situation closely and will update this account as we can get information we can release.”

Law enforcement officials then said investigators on the scene were working to determine whether the device was an operable explosive and whether the man in the truck was holding a detonator.

In the meantime, negotiators at the scene first tried to communicate with Roseberry using a white board. They then used a robot to deliver a phone to the pickup truck, but Roseberry declined to use it. Eventually another phone was delivered to him.

As all this unfolded, Roseberry himself live streamed some of the drama via Facebook live, and both the library and nearby House Cannon Office Building were evacuated, with staffers told to remain calm and take underground tunnels to safety.

Throughout the negotiations, the area around the Capitol and Library of Congress was blocked off by police cars, heavy trucks and barricades.

Members of the National Capital Response Squad from the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and personnel from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded to the scene.

One positive note: Congress is on break this week.

The incident comes months after a pipe bomb was left at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee in Washington one day before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in January.

Law Enforcement

September 23, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
Flight Attendants Ask for Tougher Law Enforcement Against Air Rage

WASHINGTON -- Teddy Andrews said Thursday he was trying to smooth over a dispute between airline passengers when he approached... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Teddy Andrews said Thursday he was trying to smooth over a dispute between airline passengers when he approached a man who refused to wear a mask. A female passenger had approached the flight attendant to say she was concerned about contracting coronavirus from the... Read More

September 17, 2021
by Dan McCue
Authorities Say They’re Ready, Come What May, for Saturday’s J6 Rally

WASHINGTON -- Empty streets, a large police presence and a smattering of tourists taking photographs of the newly installed security... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Empty streets, a large police presence and a smattering of tourists taking photographs of the newly installed security fence lent a somber air to Capitol Hill Friday as preparations continued for Saturday’s J6 rally. It was a reminder, despite the remaining summer foliage, of... Read More

September 16, 2021
by Tom Ramstack
FBI Faces Senate’s Criticism for Inaction on Sexual Abuse of Olympic Gymnasts

WASHINGTON -- The sexual abuse perpetrated against female U.S. Olympic gymnasts by former team doctor Larry Nassar was exacerbated by... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The sexual abuse perpetrated against female U.S. Olympic gymnasts by former team doctor Larry Nassar was exacerbated by inaction of the FBI, the athletes told a Senate panel Wednesday. As a result, Nassar sexually abused at least 70 young women before he was caught... Read More

Ex-Cops Accused of Violating Floyd's Rights Face Arraignment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights  are scheduled to be arraigned... Read More

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights  are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Tuesday at a hearing that could also address some pretrial motions. A federal grand jury indicted Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and... Read More

September 13, 2021
by Dan McCue
Fencing Surrounding Capitol to Return Ahead of Sept. 18 Rally

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed on Monday that fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol in the wake of... Read More

The head of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed on Monday that fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 siege on the building will return ahead of a follow up rally by Trump supporters on Sept. 18. Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger... Read More

September 13, 2021
by Alexa Hornbeck
Police Reform Law Creates Issues for Officers Responding to Mental Health Calls

A new law is dissuading some law enforcement officials in Washington from taking mental health calls, according to a memo... Read More

A new law is dissuading some law enforcement officials in Washington from taking mental health calls, according to a memo from the attorney general’s office.  “Recently, certain law enforcement agencies may have expressed concerns that House Bill 1310 limits when peace officers may respond to certain... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top