Confrontation as man in pickup truck near U.S. Capitol claims to have bomb – .

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WASHINGTON – The man who claimed to have a bomb in a van near the United States Capitol surrendered to law enforcement, ending an hour-long standoff on Thursday.

The man, identified by law enforcement as Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, of North Carolina, crawled out of the vehicle and was arrested shortly before 2:30 p.m.

He had stopped outside the library earlier today and told police he had a bomb in his truck. An officer saw what appeared to be a detonator in the man’s hand.

The man had negotiated with the police during a standoff that lasted about five hours.

THIS IS A CURRENT UPDATE. AP’s previous story follows below.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A man sitting in a black van parked on the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress told police he had a bomb on Thursday, sparking a standoff in the heart of the nation’s capital.

Authorities evacuated a number of buildings around the Capitol and sent snipers to the area after officers saw a man holding what looked like a detonator inside the pickup, which did not had no license plates. The man has been identified as Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, of Grover, North Carolina, according to two people briefed on the matter. Congress is on vacation this week, but staff members have been seen calmly exiting the area on orders from the authorities.

Police negotiators were communicating with Roseberry as he wrote notes and showed them to authorities from inside the truck, according to the two people and a third person also briefed on the case, who all spoke under the guise of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly. discuss the matter.

Authorities were trying to determine if it was a usable bomb, officials said. Police gave no immediate details of his motive or requests.

“My negotiators are working hard to try to find a peaceful solution to this incident,” said US Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger. “We are trying to get as much information as possible to find a way to resolve this peacefully. “

As police continued negotiations, a video of Roseberry on Facebook Live surfaced inside the truck, which was filled with parts and boxes. He threatened explosions, made anti-government threats, and spoke about what he thinks were the country’s ills, including the US position on Afghanistan, healthcare, and the military.

He said Democrats must step down and then also said he liked the president, Democrat Joe Biden. Facebook deleted the videos a few hours after they were apparently filmed. Roseberry didn’t appear to have a specific law enforcement request other than speaking with Biden.

Roseberry’s ex-wife Crystal Roseberry said she saw footage of the deadlocked man on Capitol Hill and confirmed to The Associated Press that it was her ex-husband. She said she had never known him to have explosives, but that he was an avid gun collector.

The nation’s capital has been tense since the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

The fences that had been put up around the Capitol grounds had been in place for months but were taken down this summer. A day before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, homemade bombs were dropped at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee in Washington. No one has yet been arrested for planting the bombs.

The RNC, not far from where the truck was parked on Thursday, was also evacuated due to the threat. Officials are also nervous about a rally scheduled for September in DC

The episode began around 9:15 a.m. when the truck drove onto the sidewalk in front of the library, police said. The driver told the officer who responded that he had a bomb and was holding what the officer believed to be a detonator. The truck did not have license plates.

Hours after the standoff began, the area remained blocked by police cars and barricades, and several fire trucks and ambulances were deployed nearby. The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responded.

The White House said it was monitoring the situation and was briefed by law enforcement.

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Long reported in New Buffalo, Michigan. Associated Press editors Alanna Durkin Richer in Boston, Tom Foreman Jr. in Charlotte, NC, and Zeke Miller, Nathan Ellgren, Ashraf Khalil, Alex Brandon, and Michael Biesecker in Washington contributed to this report.

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