US Capitol Police on Tuesday took into custody a suspect from a “suspicious vehicle” parked near the Supreme Court after giving the person commands and using a flash bang device. They said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon they don’t know what motivated the man who they identified as Dale Paul Melvin, 55, from Kimball, Michigan.
Deputy Chief Jason Bell said the man pulled his SUV up to the Supreme Court at 9:30 a.m. ET and illegally parked there. The Supreme Court, which returned to in-person arguments for the start of a new term Monday, was hearing arguments again Tuesday in the courtroom.
“Our officers immediately responded. The man refused to talk, made a statement to the effect of ‘time for talking is done.’ At that time, we backed off,” Bell said.
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DEVELOPING: Capitol Police say officers pulled a 55-year-old Michigan man from a “suspicious vehicle” in front of the Supreme Court today. https://t.co/onDVa7i0VE
— Axios (@axios) October 5, 2021
Capitol Police say at 9:30 a.m. a man pulled his SUV in front of the Supreme Court. Police told him he was parked immediately. He refused to talk, saying something to the effect of “the time for talking is done.”
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) October 5, 2021