Story at a glance

  • A man drove a pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress on Thursday morning, claiming to have a bomb.
  • The man, identified as 49-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry, streamed himself on Facebook Live for part of the standoff.
  • Roseberry surrendered after five hours.

The man who claimed to have a bomb in his car parked near the Capitol surrendered following an hourslong standoff with law enforcement on Thursday.

The man, identified by the Capitol Police as 49-year-old Floyd Ray Roseberry, drove a pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress at about 9:15 a.m. When an officer approached the vehicle to investigate, Roseberry informed the officer that he had a bomb, and the officer said Roseberry appeared to be holding a detonator, according to The Associated Press.

For part of the standoff, Roseberry was streaming himself from inside the car on Facebook Live, during which time he referenced, among other things, former President Trump having the 2020 election stolen from him. At one point, Roseberry stated there were four others around D.C. like himself also carrying bombs.


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Following five hours of negotiations, Roseberry climbed out of the car with his hands up and got on the ground, surrendering to authorities.

In a press conference following the surrender, Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger told reporters that it was still an active scene and investigators were working to determine if the bomb was live. However, he stated the police did not have reason to believe his threats about other people and bombs were true at this time.

“We do know that Mr. Roseberry has had some losses of family, I believe his mother recently passed away,” Manger said. “We spoke with members of his family, and there were other issues that he was dealing with.”

The investigation is ongoing.


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Published on Aug 19, 2021