Roske, arrested last week, was carrying a large amount of equipment including a gun, ammunition, a knife, pepper spray, zip ties, and a screwdriver.
Upon arriving at the scene, however, Roske contacted his sister via text messaging after finding himself unable to easily enter Kavanaugh’s home. Immediately afterward, due to her input, he called 911.
From Fox News:
“The suspect arrived by taxi and observed the U.S. marshals, and he turned around to contemplate his next move,” Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said in a statement to the Washington Post. “This is when he texted his sister and told her of his intentions, and she convinced him to call 911, which he did.”
Roske’s 911 call included him saying he was “having thoughts” and that he went to Maryland to “act on them,” and that he had an unloaded gun in a zip-tied suitcase. He also that that he needed “psychiatric help.”
The would-be-assassin wanted to kill Kavanaugh due both to his fear of the impending Roe v Wade overturn as well as a belief that Kavanaugh would vote to loosen laws on gun control, he told authorities.
While the contents of the text messages between Roske and his sister are currently unknown to the public, authorities have stated that they believe the sister is the person who convinced Roske to abandon his murderous plan and contact 911.
The 26 -year-old Roske has been charged with attempted murder and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, as well as a steep fine and 3 years of supervised release.