The Californian man arrested outside the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last month had Googled ‘assassin skills,’ ‘how to be stealthy,’ and ‘Reagan assassination attempt,’ according to the FBI report, and hoped to murder three of the justices in total.
Nicholas John Roske, 26, of Simi Valley, California, was arrested on June 8 armed with a gun, knife and burglary tools after he phoned his sister, who encouraged him to call 911 and hand himself over.
On June 22 he pleaded not guilty, and is set to go on trial on August 23.
On Wednesday it emerged that Roske had logged on to Reddit forums, using a variety of different emails, to get advice on murdering a ‘HVT’ – believed to be ‘high value target’.
The FBI search warrant application states: ‘Roske said that he used his Reddit account to ask individuals, who were unknown to him, questions in order to refine his plan to kill the Justice.
‘Roske also stated that on Monday June 6, 2022, he attempted to use the settings menu on the Acer laptop to conduct a data wipe of the device because Roske did not want anyone he conversed with to be implicated as a result of his actions.’
Nicholas John Roske, 26, (left) was arrested in June for allegedly trying to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh (right). On Wednesday a FBI warrant said he had researched how to murder someone, and solicited advice on online forums
Roske was arrested on a street nearby Kavanaugh’s Maryland home (pictured), where security has been reinforced following the incident
Among the questions Roske posed on the Reddit forum ‘Two X Chromosomes’, which describes itself as offering a female perspective, were: ‘Would Kavanaugh being removed from the SC help women long term?’
His emails also included messages thanking him for attending a rifle range and training facility.
On his cell phone, he searched for ‘quietest semi-auto rifle’ and ‘most effective place to stab someone’, the document states.
Roske also used the messaging app Discord to discuss his plans, chatting for four weeks prior to his arrest about the plot.
On May 25, Roske, who had been using the screen name ‘Sophie42,’ allegedly wrote to Person #1: ‘im gonna stop roe v wade from being overturned’
The other person replied: ‘what u tryna do’.
‘remove some people from the supreme court,’ Roske allegedly replied.
‘u gonna Tun? Run?’ Person #1 wrote back.
‘after you mean?’ wrote Roske.
‘oh haha good one,’ wrote Person #1.
‘Two dead judges ain’t gonna do nothing The whole government is f*****. There’s no fixing that You would die before you killed them all’.
Roske then replied: ‘yeah but I could get at least one, which would change the votes for decades to come, and I am shooting for 3. all of the major decisions for the past 10 years have been along party lines so if there are more liberal than conservative judges, they will have the power’.
On May 27, Roske received an email from an online gun store called Southern Ordnance, confirming his order for a Snap Gun Lock Pick – used by locksmiths to open locks – costing $49.95.
The warrant was filed by the FBI on Wednesday, and seeks access to all the email, Reddit and Discord accounts used by Roske.
Roske allegedly discussed his wish to murder three Supreme Court justices, chatting on a forum to a person he did not know
An FBI affidavit states that Roske told investigators that he was looking to kill Kavanaugh and himself on June 8. FBI agents are seen inside Roske’s Simi Valley, California, earlier this month
According to an FBI affidavit, Roske had flown from California to Washington and was spotted arriving at Kavanaugh’s home in the middle of the night on June 8.
He was carrying a suitcase armed with a Glock-17 pistol, two magazine clips, a speed loader, a tactical knife, pepper spray, zip ties, a hammer, screwdriver, nail punch and a crowbar.
Shortly after arriving on the scene, however, police said he called 911 saying he was having suicidal thoughts.
He told the operator that he was going to kill Kavanaugh and then himself because he did not expect to get away with the crime.
Roske was quickly taken into custody following the call and allegedly confessed to investigators that he was upset about the leaked Supreme Court draft decision, indicating that Kavanaugh and his fellow conservative justices were poised to overturn Roe V. Wade and women’s federal right to abortions.
Investigators added that Roske told them that he believed Kavanaugh would loosen gun laws in the country in the wake of the deadly Uvalde, Texas, school shooting.
‘Roske stated that he began thinking about how to give his life a purpose and decided that he would kill the Supreme Court Justice,’ according to the affidavit.
Roske (above) allegedly told detectives that he was upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and planned to give his life to stop Kavanaughs’ votes
Protesters returned to Kavanaugh’s Maryland home just hours after Roske was arrested while carrying a disturbing arsenal of weapons and equipment
A woman holding a ‘liar’ sign with Kavanaugh’s face on it and another saying ‘mind your own uterus’ on June 8
A Catholic native of Washington, Kavanaugh’s nomination in 2018 to the high court drew particularly heated debates over his views toward women and abortion rights.
He was forced to angrily deny sexually assaulting a woman at a party while attending school in a series of confirmation hearings that electrified – and divided – much of the U.S.
His confirmation gave conservatives a 5-4 majority on the court, which grew further when Catholic, stridently anti-abortion Amy Coney Barrett joined in October 2020 following the death of abortion-rights champion Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Roe v. Wade was overturned on June 24, and protests have continued ever since.
Congress has since passed legislation to bolster security around the nine justices, with Biden signing off on a bill to extend the protection to their families.