The US Capitol is in lockdown while police negotiate with a man in a pick-up truck parked outside the Library of Congress, demanding to speak to the President and threatening to blow up entire blocks if he isn’t put on the phone with him.
The man – who livestreamed his rant on Facebook before the FBI pulled it down – is believed to be Ray Roseberry.
At 9.15am this morning, he drove his black pick-up truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress, opposite the Capitol building.
He then called 911, reporting that he had a bomb and wanted to speak to the President.
Roseberry then started a Facebook livestream that has since been removed, but where he claimed he had a ‘tannerite bomb’ and wanted to speak to Joe Biden, saying the ‘revolution is here.’
It’s unclear what his motive or agenda is but police are negotiating with him currently.
In his video, he called himself a ‘patriot’ and said he wanted others to join him. He talked about a ‘revolution’ and said ‘the South is coming for you.’
‘People think it’s a joke but they cleared the block. They need to get Joe Biden down here. I’m not hurting nobody Joe. I’m not pulling the trigger on this thing. I can’t – there’s no way for me to blow this up. Only you can by shooting a bullet through my window. You don’t want to do it Joe.
‘I love this land. We got a few options here Joe. You shoot me, this two and a half blocks is going with it.
‘You’re talking about a revolution? The revolution is on. It’s here. It’s today,’ he said.
In the live stream – which has not been confirmed by police, the man, believed to be Ray Roseberry says: ‘We got a few options here Joe. You shoot me, two and half blocks are going with me’. He is demanding to speak to President Joe Biden and claims he has a tannerite bomb that will detonate if he is shot at
A witness also posted a picture to Twitter which showed the same man in a truck, after he tossed dollar bills out of the window
An AP photograph of the scene while the man remained in his vehicle outside the Library of Congress
Roseberry is parked on 2nd Street, next to the Library of the Congress, and the is directly opposite the Capitol building but it’s further from the White House, where President Joe Biden is
‘I am looking for all my other patriots to come out and help me. I got it started. I got the foundation built. I’m here. They know I’m here. I told them to clear the blocks.
‘Cut off help, damn I can’t shots for my back no more but yeah they’ll give them to superstar athletes.
‘I’m up in Washington DC, there’s the Capitol of something, there’s Capitol something else. I’ve got the police coming. I’m trying to get Joe Biden on the phone. I’m parked up here on the sidewalk right beside all this pretty stuff.’
Tannerite is a binary explosive used for firearms practice.
Staff at the Madison and Jefferson office buildings were initially told to shelter in place, but later advised to evacuate toward the Second Street side of the building, away from First Street, where the truck is parked.
Police have also evacuated the Cannon House Office Building and the Supreme Court building.
Congress is on break this week, and staffers were seen calmly walking out of the area at the direction of authorities.
A witness also posted a picture to Twitter which showed the same man in a truck, after he tossed dollar bills out of the window.
Sydney Bobb, who took the picture, told the Independent: ‘I was walking on that block because that’s where I go to class. He was shouting that he had a bomb. And then he threw money out the side of the truck.’
The driver parked the truck on sidewalk outside the library at 9.15am, and informed the officer responding to a report of the disturbance that he had a bomb, Capitol Chief Manger reported at a news conference around noon.
Manger said, the officer reported that the man had what appeared to be a detonator in his hand. Manger said negotiations with the man were ongoing.
They were reportedly communicating with him as he wrote notes on a whiteboard and showed them to police from inside the truck.
Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger reported that a man had driven a pickup onto the sidewalk next to the Library of Congress Thursday morning, and told authorities he had a bomb. As of noon, he said, negotiations with the man were still ongoing
People are evacuated from the James Madison memorial building Thursday morning after reports of a possible explosive device found in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress
The man in the pickup truck told police that he had an explosive device in his possession Thursday morning, prompting authorities to lock down the entire Capitol complex
Police blockaded the area around the building, which is near the Capitol and the Supreme court
US Capitol Police advised people to stay away from the area and police were sending in negotiators to engage with the driver of the pickup truck
According to reports from the scene, the entire Capitol complex had been placed on lockdown
Police were investigating a report of a possible explosive device in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill and have evacuated the area around the building
The law enforcement officials said investigators were at the scene and working to determine whether the device was an operable explosive. The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.
US Capitol police have issued a warning for people to avoid the area around the Library of Congress
‘This is an active bomb threat investigation,’ the Capitol Police said on Twitter.
The Capitol Police asked anyone working in the Cannon congressional offices to leave and relocate to the neighboring Longworth building, while they had those in the Madison building bar themselves in their offices.
A staging area was set up for reporters at Constitution and First Street.
Capitol Hill reporters said the entire complex had been shut down.
The Jefferson building, part of the Library of Congress, was also evacuated.
The House of Representatives and Senate are not currently in session.
‘The USCP is responding to a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress,’ the Capitol Police wrote on Twitter. ‘Please stay away from this area.’
It comes months after a pipe bomb was left at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee in Washington a day before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in January.
Staff at the Madison and Jefferson office buildings were initially told to shelter in place, and later advised to evacuate