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Capitol police investigating bomb threat near Library of Congress

A suspect has been taken into custody by law enforcement hours after police said he parked a pickup truck near the Capitol and claimed to have a bomb, sparking evacuations of several nearby buildings.

Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger confirmed at a press conference on Thursday afternoon that the man, whom police identified as Floyd Roseberry of North Carolina, had surrendered to authorities. 

Footage obtained by NBC News appeared to show the man exiting the truck and crawling from the vehicle on the ground following negotiations with law enforcement.

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Manger said earlier that officials had been negotiating with the man after the police department evacuated the Cannon House Office Building, the Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building and other buildings nearby to investigate the active bomb threat.

During negotiations, Manger said, law enforcement used a whiteboard to communicate with Roseberry, writing “messages back and forth.” He said they also used a robot to get a telephone transferred to him, which Roseberry declined to use. 

“But shortly after we had delivered the telephone, he got out of the vehicle and surrendered,” Manger said. He said Roseberry was apprehended by tactical units nearby that took him into custody without incident.

Police will work with the U.S. attorney’s office, Manger said, on the criminal charges Roseberry could face. He also noted that officers were able to determine Roseberry had a criminal history in North Carolina, but he said it was “nothing that serious.”

Roseberry’s surrender followed five tense hours of negotiations between him and law enforcement officials including the Capitol Police, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Roseberry’s surrender followed five tense hours of negotiations between him and law enforcement officials including the Capitol Police, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“Over the course of time we tried to negotiate with Mr. Roseberry. We first started doing that with a whiteboard, just writing messages back and forth. We used a robot to get a telephone down to him, but he would not use the telephone,” Manger detailed to reporters in an update Thursday afternoon.

“But shortly after we had delivered the telephone he got out of the vehicle and surrendered, and the tactical units that were close by took him into custody without incident.”

Capitol Police first alerted staffers to the suspicious vehicle threat shortly after 9:30 a.m. Eastern.The call to evacuate the Cannon House Office Building on Thursday went out just after 10:00 a.m as staff were told to “remain calm and relocate.”


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