Police in Washington, D.C., are locked in a tense standoff with a man sitting in a truck outside the Library of Congress who claims to have an explosive device in the vehicle and is demanding to speak to President Joe Biden.
Officers were “responding to a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress,” U.S. Capitol Police said Thursday morning, evacuating the Cannon House Office Building. Congress is currently out of session. The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have also responded to the scene. Authorities have also told nearby residents to evacuate.
Please continue to avoid the area around the Library of Congress,” police said on Twitter.
During an afternoon press conference, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger confirmed a man in a black pickup truck drove on the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress around 9:15 a.m. local time. The driver of the truck told the responding officer “he had a bomb and what the officer said appeared to be a detonator,” Manger said, adding that they are aware of reports of a person livestreaming the incident.
Law enforcement named the suspect as Floyd Ray Roseberry, from Grover, North Carolina, according to WUSA9. A Facebook user by the name of Ray Roseberry uploaded a video to the site Thursday that appeared to be broadcast from inside the truck outside the complex. Facebook has since deleted the user’s account.