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An armed man was arrested near the Maryland home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday morning, law enforcement sources confirmed to Fox News.
The suspect was carrying a gun and a knife when arrested and had made violent threats against Kavanaugh, sources said.
The man’s name is being withheld at this time, but sources say he is in his 20s and from California and was picked up on a nearby street. He did not get to the Kavanaugh home.
No charges have been filed at this point, a federal law enforcement source said.
U.S. Marshals and the Montgomery County Police Department are handling the investigation.
“At approximately 1:50 a.m. today, a man was arrested near Justice Kavanaugh’s residence,” Patricia McCabe, spokeswoman for the Supreme Court, said in a statement to Fox News. “The man was armed and made threats against Justice Kavanaugh. He was transported to Montgomery County Police 2nd District.”
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is to speak around noon at a pre-scheduled press conference to provide an update on the Ulvade, Texas, school shooting investigation, but Fox News has learned he also is expected to address the incident near Kavanaugh’s home at that time.
The arrest came hours before the Supreme Court revealed Wednesday that it has not ruled in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, prolonging the wait for its opinion which is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed a woman’s right to an abortion.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a new bulletin Tuesday warning of a “heightened threat environment” over the next several months as they monitor both risks of domestic terrorism and foreign adversaries looking to sow U.S. societal division and inspire violence.
While citing other recent major events, including mass shootings in Uvlade, Texas and Buffalo, New York,
the DHS update reiterated from its previous bulletin that individuals both for and against abortion online have advocated for violence against government, religious, and reproductive healthcare personnel, and facilities in response to the high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case.