Man with ‘tannerite bomb’ at Capitol surrenders after five hour standoff

The US Capitol was put in lockdown while police negotiated with a man in a pick-up truck demanding airstrikes in Afghanistan to ‘kick the Taliban’s a**’ and asking to speak to Joe Biden on Thursday before surrendering to police after a five hour standoff.  

The man in the truck is believed to be 49-year-old Ray Roseberry from North Carolina.  At 9.15am this morning, he drove his black pick-up truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress, opposite the Capitol building. 

Congress is in recess so no elected officials are there but there are staffers who are still working in the Capitol buildings. 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.’     

He is demanding airstrikes in Afghanistan, where tens of thousands are waiting to be rescued by the US military after Biden’s decision to withdraw troops. 

He surrendered to police shortly before 2.30pm.  Police are yet to clear the area of ascertain if the bomb is real. 

A police officer said at a press conference that he had recently mourned the loss of his mother. His family said he had other ‘issues’. Roseberry is now in custody. 

In his rant, he said: ‘First thing we want is air strikes in Afghanistan. Kick the Taliban’s ass and keep them from killing people. We’re living in a free country Joe, the choice is yours. If you wanna shoot me, and take the chance of blowing up two and a half city blocks, cause that tool box is full. Ammonium nitrate, it’s full. I don’t wanna die Joe, I wanna go home.

‘Just like the people in Afghanistan wanna go home. Them people’s lives are on your hands. All them dead peoples are on your hands. Afghanistan I’m standing for you strong too.  

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Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, surrenders to police in Washington DC on Thursday after a five-hour standoff. He drove onto a sidewalk outside the Library of Congress and demanded to speak to Joe Biden

Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, surrenders to police in Washington DC on Thursday after a five-hour standoff. He drove onto a sidewalk outside the Library of Congress and demanded to speak to Joe Biden

Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, surrenders to police in Washington DC on Thursday after a five-hour standoff. He drove onto a sidewalk outside the Library of Congress and demanded to speak to Joe Biden 

In the live stream - which has not been confirmed by police, the man says: 'We got a few options here Joe. You shoot me, two and half blocks are going with me'

In the live stream - which has not been confirmed by police, the man says: 'We got a few options here Joe. You shoot me, two and half blocks are going with me'

Describing the device to the camera, the man says: 'This is Tannerite. I'm sure they know what it is. Just come and talk to me Joe.'

Describing the device to the camera, the man says: 'This is Tannerite. I'm sure they know what it is. Just come and talk to me Joe.'

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

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

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 

A bomb detection robot is next to the vehicle, that is still on the ground outside the Library of Congress on Thursday

A bomb detection robot is next to the vehicle, that is still on the ground outside the Library of Congress on Thursday

A bomb detection robot is next to the vehicle, that is still on the ground outside the Library of Congress on Thursday

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

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

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 

‘The motherf****rs should have bombed our a**es and made sure you was alright before we left.

‘So if they blow me up Afghanistan, I hope somebody takes revenge on that because I’m a patriot. I love this land, and I’ll die for this land. 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. 

‘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.

‘BOMBER’S THREATS AND DEMANDS’ 

‘First thing we want is air strikes in Afghanistan. Kick the Taliban’s ass and keep them from killing people.

‘We’re living in a free country Joe, the choice is yours. If you wanna shoot me, and take the chance of blowing up two and a half city blocks, cause that tool box is full. Ammonium nitrate, it’s full. I don’t wanna die Joe, I wanna go home.

‘Just like the people in Afghanistan wanna go home. Them people’s lives are on your hands. All them dead peoples are on your hands. Afghanistan I’m standing for you strong too. 

‘The motherf****rs should have bombed our a**es and made sure you was alright before we left.

‘So if they blow me up Afghanistan, I hope somebody takes revenge on that because I’m a patriot. I love this land, and I’ll die for this land. 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.

‘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.’  

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‘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. 

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.

‘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.

Roseberry, shown with his 'tannerite bomb' says he's waiting for other patriots to join him and that the revolution is 'here'

Roseberry, shown with his 'tannerite bomb' says he's waiting for other patriots to join him and that the revolution is 'here'

Roseberry, shown with his 'tannerite bomb' says he's waiting for other patriots to join him and that the revolution is 'here'

Roseberry, shown with his 'tannerite bomb' says he's waiting for other patriots to join him and that the revolution is 'here'

Roseberry, shown with his ‘tannerite bomb’ says he’s waiting for other patriots to join him and that the revolution is ‘here’. Previous social media posts show he is a Trump supporter

A police sniper team remains in position near the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill August 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. A man drove a pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library this morning telling police officers that he had a bomb

A police sniper team remains in position near the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill August 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. A man drove a pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library this morning telling police officers that he had a bomb

A police sniper team remains in position near the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill August 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. A man drove a pickup truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library this morning telling police officers that he had a bomb

Police officers man a police barricade while responding to a bomb threat near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2021

Police officers man a police barricade while responding to a bomb threat near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2021

Police officers man a police barricade while responding to a bomb threat near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., August 19, 2021

A DC Metropolitan Police Department armored vehicle arrives on the East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol responding to an active bomb threat unfolds near the Library of Congress on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

A DC Metropolitan Police Department armored vehicle arrives on the East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol responding to an active bomb threat unfolds near the Library of Congress on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

A DC Metropolitan Police Department armored vehicle arrives on the East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol responding to an active bomb threat unfolds near the Library of Congress on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Police blockaded the area around the building, which is near the Capitol and the Supreme court

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

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

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

According to reports from the scene, the entire Capitol complex had been placed on lockdown

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

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

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

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