Suspect Arrested, No Bomb Found After ‘Active Bomb Threat’ Near Library of Congress

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 19, 2021 Updated: August 19, 2021

The U.S. Capitol Police late Thursday determined that the area around the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., is safe, and that there was no bomb in a truck as claimed by a suspect who sparked an “active bomb threat” near Capitol Hill.

The suspect, 49-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry, was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon, according to a statement from the U.S. Capitol Police. Video footage taken from the scene appeared to show the D.C. bomb threat suspect get out of his truck and surrender to law enforcement.

The suspect drove a black pick-up truck onto the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress at about 9:15 a.m. ET, according to the Capitol Police statement.

The Capitol Police said they were responding to a “suspicious vehicle” before announcing on Twitter at around 10:30 a.m. ET that there was an “active bomb threat” in the area.

During a midday press conference, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger told reporters that officials were in communication with the driver of the truck, who “told the responding officer on the scene that he had a bomb.”

“And what appeared, the officer said, appeared to be a detonator in the man’s hand,” Manger said. “We immediately evacuated the nearby buildings.”

U.S. Capitol Police
U.S. Capitol Police vehicles and other emergency vehicles respond as police investigated reports of a suspicious vehicle near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Aug. 19, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters)

According to photos posted on social media that allegedly show the incident, a man is seen sitting in a dirty black truck near the Library of Congress.

Photos posted online by news outlets showed police had cordoned off an area around the vehicle. Footage showed a heavily armed officer with a gas mask as dozens of construction workers ran out of nearby buildings.

In a news release Thursday evening, Capitol Police said that officers searched the truck and did not find a bomb, but did find “possible bomb making materials.”

Suspicious Truck
Authorities investigate a pickup truck parked on the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, in Washington, on Aug. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Capitol Police said they are working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia to determine the charges for Roseberry.

Roseberry, a bald man with a goatee, was seen in a video livestreamed on Facebook expressing antigovernment sentiments, while appearing to hold a large metal cannister.

“The revolution’s on, it’s here,” Roseberry said in the video. “I’m ready to die for the cause.”

Crystal Roseberry, his ex-wife who said she divorced him about eight years ago, told Reuters that he was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia and had threatened her with firearms in the past.

The FBI wrote in a statement that its Washington field office’s National Capital Response Squad was also investigating and responding to the incident. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) was also responding.

Orange, Silver, and Blue line trains were bypassing the Capitol South Metro station amid the investigation, according to the Metro transit authority.

The Senate and House of Representatives are not in session at the moment, and most lawmakers were not in their offices at the time of the active bomb threat, although some people were still working in the buildings.

Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Senior Reporter
Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.