The supporter of Donald Trump who threatened the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill with a fake bomb has been revealed to be an avid gun collector from North Carolina with ‘mental issues.’
Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, drove his black pick-up truck onto the sidewalk outside the Library of Congress, opposite the Capitol building around 9.15am on Thursday while demanding to speak to President Biden.
Roseberry called 911, reporting that he had a ‘tannerite bomb’, and livestreamed his five hour standoff with United States Capitol Police on Facebook before he ultimately surrendered shortly before 2.30pm.
During the Facebook livestream, which has since been removed, Roseberry claimed he had a ‘tannerite bomb’ and that the ‘revolution is here’ while complaining about the result of the 2020 election.
He also called for airstrikes in Afghanistan to ‘kick the Taliban’s a**’.
Cops searched Roseberry’s truck and said that they did not find a bomb, but did collect some possible bomb-making materials and a propane gas container.
Details about Roseberry have begun to emerge after his surrender to police earlier on Thursday.
Roseberry’s ex-wife, Crystal Roseberry, said she had seen images of the man in the standoff at the Capitol and confirmed to the Associated Press that it was her ex-husband.
She said she had never known him to have explosives, but he was an avid collector of firearms.
Crystal Roseberry told the Washington Post that she was married to Floyd Ray Roseberry for 10 years – but that their marriage ended 10 years ago because he had a ‘volatile temper.’
Though she added: “He’s never done nothing like this before.’
His Facebook account was reviewed by Heavy.com before it was deleted by the social media company – noting that his posts echoed statements he made during his livestreams.
Roseberry, a registered Republican who voted for Trump in the last two elections, had shared posts bashing President Joe Biden.
Videos posted to Facebook before the page was taken down appear to show Roseberry at a rally in Washington on November 14 attended by thousands of Trump supporters to protest what they claimed was a stolen election.
Biden easily defeated Trump last November in both the electoral and popular vote.