[Ed. – His vehicle reportedly contained no explosives, but did have a propane tank in it. He was outside the Library of Congress a couple of blocks from the Capitol. Skeptics are naturally suspicious about the timing here. Rushing to no conclusions.]
A man who claimed to have explosives in his pickup truck parked near the U.S. Capitol has surrendered to law enforcement, bringing an end to a five-hour-long standoff with police on Thursday that prompted the evacuation of several buildings in the area. U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement late Thursday a bomb was not found in the vehicle, but possible bomb-making materials were recovered.
As of 5:30 p.m. ET, investigators were still on the scene but said the area had been cleared.
U.S. Capitol Police chief Thomas Manger told reporters the suspect, identified as Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, of Grover, North Carolina, got out of his vehicle and was taken into custody “without incident.”
The suspect’s motives remain unknown, but Manger said Roseberry had losses in his family, including the recent death of his mother, as well as “other issues that he was dealing with.