U.S. Capitol Police arrest man who parked suspicious automobile exterior Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – U.S. Capitol Police stated they extracted a person from a suspicious automobile parked illegally in entrance of the U.S. Supreme Court the place the 9 justices had been listening to oral arguments on Tuesday.

After an unsuccessful effort to barter with the person, tactical groups moved in and positioned him underneath arrest, Operational Services Bureau Deputy Chief Jason Bell informed a information convention.

The man’s motive was unclear to police. He refused to talk besides to make an announcement “to the effect of ‘the time for talking is done,'” Bell stated.

“At this time no weapons have been found,” he stated. Capitol Police recognized the suspect as Dale Paul Melvin, 55, of Kimball, Michigan.

The division reported the investigation on Twitter and later added that an officer had extracted the driving force from a sport utility automobile and arrested him.

The 9 justices started their new time period on Monday with their first oral arguments in individual in 19 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Law enforcement authorities have been on excessive alert within the U.S. capital since a lethal Jan. 6 riot by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

In August, a person who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck close to the U.S. Capitol surrendered to police after a standoff that paralyzed a swath of Washington for greater than 5 hours.

Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Susan Cornwell; Additional reporting by Lawrence Hurley and Andrew Chung; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Howard Goller

A police officer patrols the front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., December 22, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

An SUV is seen as U.S. Capitol Police vehicles block a street while investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., October 5, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

U.S. Capitol Police vehicles block a street as they investigate a suspicious vehicle (C) in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., October 5, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein