An armed California man was arrested near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Maryland home early Wednesday morning after allegedly making threats against the justice, according to a spokeswoman for the court.
The man was taken into police custody at around 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said in a statement.
“The man was armed and made threats against Justice Kavanaugh,” McCabe said. “He was transported to Montgomery County Police 2nd District.”
The arrest was first reported by the Washington Post. According to the paper, the suspect is in his mid-20s and was carrying at least one weapon and burglary tools. He had reportedly told police officers he was at Kavanaugh's home to kill the justice.
NBC News reports the suspect arrived by taxi at a street near Kavanaugh's residence in Montgomery County. He was reportedly intercepted by police shortly after.
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According to the Washington Post, the man was motivated to kill Kavanaugh because he was upset with a leaked draft of a majority opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Orgnaization, a case concerning Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban. The draft decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito indicated the court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that created a constitutional right to have an abortion. The man was also angry over recent mass shootings, the Post reported.
Federal law enforcement is aware of and has been monitoring threats against the Supreme Court and justices made by pro-abortion activists since the draft opinion was leaked. The Department of Homeland Security circulated a bulletin in May that warned of threats to "burn down or storm" the Supreme Court building. The memo stated that threats against Supreme Court justices, lawmakers, churches, and abortion clinics "are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court's official ruling."
Radical abortion rights activists have called for a "summer of rage" in anticipation that the court will return the abortion issue to the states. Protesters have congregated outside of the private homes of several Supreme Court justices and demanded, possibly illegally, that they keep Roe's precedent intact.
There have been violent acts as well. Pro-abortion terrorists took responsibility for a Molotov cocktail attack against a pro-life pregnancy center in Madison, Wisconsin last month. The anarchist group behind that attack is alleged to have firebombed another pro-life pregnancy center in Buffalo, New York on Tuesday.
Anarchist groups have promised more "militant action" once the Supreme Court hands down an official decision on abortion rights, which is expected later this month or in early July.
Editor's note: This story was updated with additional details and background information on June 8, 2022 at 12:24 p.m. ET.