U.S. Capitol Police vehicles block a street as investigates a suspicious vehicle (C) in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., October 5, 2021.
Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters
U.S. Capitol Police said Tuesday they extracted a man from an SUV parked in front of the Supreme Court building and placed him in custody.
“Everyone is safe,” they said in a tweet.
The police had closed down streets on Capitol Hill as they investigated the suspicious vehicle. They advised people to stay away from the area, and noted that they were unable to talk to the driver nearly an hour after the investigation was announced.
Police set off a flash bang to force the man out of the vehicle, NBC News reported. Before doing so, they issued a warning that “a loud bang may be heard in the area,” but “there is no cause for alarm, and no action needs to be taken by Congressional Staff.”
The USCP said they will hold a news conference at 11:45 a.m. ET.
The heavy police presence, which included dozens of officers and multiple police dogs, came on the second day of the Supreme Court’s new term. Justices were present in the courtroom for in-person oral arguments, which began on schedule at 10 a.m. ET.
The suspicious vehicle investigation also came just hours before a court hearing for a man, Floyd Ray Roseberry, who in August parked his pickup truck in front of the Library of Congress and claimed to be possessing explosives. The threat forced the evacuation of the Supreme Court and other buildings on Capitol Hill.
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