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Suspect in standoff near U.S. Capitol surrenders after bomb threat

Suspect in standoff near U.S. Capitol surrenders after bomb threat
The U.S. Capitol is seen on August 8. Police and federal agents responded to a bomb threat at the Capitol on Thursday.  Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A man sitting in a pickup truck who claimed to have a bomb near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday surrendered to police after an hours-long standoff, authorities said.

The threat prompted officials to evacuate multiple buildings on Capitol Hill.

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Police said the Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, of Grover, N.C., parked on a sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress and told officers that he had a bomb. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said the man appeared to have a detonator in his hand.

The U.S. Capitol Police said they cleared Roseberry's vehicle and determined there was no explosive device in it.

Manger said Roseberry was live streaming on Facebook while sitting in his truck.

WCNC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., said Roseberry posted multiple videos online demanding to speak with President Joe Biden, claiming that "the revolution is on."

The Library of Congress -- both the Jefferson and Madison buildings -- Supreme Court and Cannon Building were all evacuated due to the incident.

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"We are monitoring this situation closely and will update this account as we get the information we can release," U.S. Capitol Police tweeted.

The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Washington, D.C., police were aiding in the investigation.

Members of the U.S. House have offices in the Cannon building. Staffers moved to the Longworth House Office Building through underground tunnels.

Both Congress and the Supreme Court are on recess.

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