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Authorities say armed man arrested near home of Supreme Court justice is from Ventura County

Tim Hufner
Court documents say man told authorities he is upset over the Texas school killings, and was worried that the justice would side with decisions loosening gun control laws.

Court documents say Simi Valley man was armed with pistol, knife, pepper spray and zip ties when he arrived in neighborhood.

Authorities say they’ve arrested a Ventura County man who told them he traveled from California to Maryland to kill a Supreme Court justice.

Nicholas John Roske was arrested near the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh early Wednesday morning. The Simi Valley man took a taxi to the neighborhood. Federal court documents say he called 9-1-1 and told dispatchers that he had suicidal thoughts, and had a gun in his suitcase. He was still on the phone with dispatchers when officers found, and arrested him.

The court documents say Roske told police he was upset about the recent shooting in Texas, and feared the justice would loosen gun control efforts. They say the 26-year-old man said he planned to killed the justice, and then kill himself.

Investigators say Roske’s suitcase and backpack contained a pistol, two ammunition magazines, pepper spray, zip ties, a knife, and a crowbar. If convicted, the Simi Valley man could face up to 20 years in federal prison.