Suspect in Bomb Threat on Capitol Hill Surrenders

NEW YORK -
The Library of Congress is seen in Washington,D.C.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The man who claimed to have bomb in a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol has surrendered to law enforcement, ending an hourslong standoff on Thursday.

The man, identified by law enforcement officials as Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, of North Carolina, crawled out of the vehicle and was being taken into custody shortly before 2:30 p.m.

He had pulled up outside the library earlier in the day and told police he had a bomb in his truck. An officer saw what appeared to be a detonator in the man’s hand.

The man had been negotiating with police during a standoff that lasted around five hours.

Earlier in the day, the Congressional office building was ordered to evacuate Thursday morning as police responded to a suspicious vehicle outside of the Library of Congress, CBNC reported.

The driver of the black pickup truck was making anti-government statements and claiming he had a propane tank and a detonator with him, which police were not able to see.

“My negotiators are hard at work trying to have a peaceful resolution to this incident,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tome Manger told reporters at the time.

The FBI Washington Field Office’s National Capital Response and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were on the scene, along with the Capitol Police and bomb technicians. Some were observed in gas masks.

People at the Cannon House Office Building received an alert to evacuate, and they were relocated to the Longworth House Office Building.  The Library of Congress and Supreme Court building were also evacuated.

Congress and the Supreme Court are currently on recess.

“This is an ongoing investigation. We are monitoring this situation closely,” U.S. Capitol Police tweeted.

This is a breaking news story. We will update when new information is available. 


Updated Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 11:36 am .

Updated Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 12:36 pm .

Updated Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm suspect surrenders