The Supreme Court was placed on lockdown after a suspicious vehicle was found in front of it (Picture: REX)
The US Supreme Court was placed on lockdown on Tuesday as police investigated and arrested a man inside a suspicious SUV outside.
‘We are investigating a suspicious vehicle in front of the Supreme Court along First Street, NE,’ the US Capitol Police (USCP) tweeted at 9.51am ET. ‘Please stay away from the area.’
About an hour later, USCP tweeted, ‘We are still trying to talk to the driver’, and urged the public to continue avoiding the area.
At 11am, USCP announced that the man had been arrested.
‘One of our teams just moved in and extracted the man from the SUV. The man is in custody,’ USCP tweeted. ‘Everyone is safe.’
Earlier, Newsy reporter Nathaniel Reed tweeted a photo of a silver-colored SUV parked near the Supreme Court.
‘A source tells me this the suspicious car in front of the Supreme Court – USCP was yelling at the man driving to roll down his window,’ Reed wrote.
Reed quoted a source stating that police kept saying: ‘Just roll down the windows so we can talk to you! Come on man! Roll them down!’
Traffic was blocked from First Street between Independence Avenue, SE and Constitution Avenue, NE; Second Street between East Capitol Street and Constitution Avenue, NE; and East Capitol Street between First and Second Streets, NE.
USCP was set to hold a press conference on the incident at Russell Park stakeout on Delaware Avenue, NE, between Constitution Avenue and C Street, NE, at 11.45am.
In September, a man drove a pickup truck onto the sidewalk by the Library of Congress and shouted that he had a bomb. The man, Floyd Ray Roseberry, also told police officers he had a bomb and embarked on an anti-government rant livestreamed on Facebook.
Roseberry in federal court pleaded not guilty to threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction, among other charges.
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