A Michigan man who shut down Capitol Hill final fall when he parked an SUV in entrance of the Supreme Courtroom and refused to maneuver returned to the identical spot in the identical automobile Thursday.
Dale Paul Melvin was noticed by Capitol Police in his Chevy Tahoe in entrance of the excessive courtroom constructing at round 9 a.m., main officers to dam off native streets as a precaution.
In an announcement, Capitol Police mentioned officers had “seen regarding language” on a social media account believed to belong to Melvin that was associated to his arrival on the Supreme Courtroom.
The assertion didn’t elaborate on what the “regarding language” was.
Capitol Police mentioned Melvin agreed to depart the realm “after some dialogue” and was not arrested. An investigation is ongoing.
The Supreme Courtroom constructing is at the moment closed to the general public as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, and no circumstances had been scheduled to be heard Thursday.
On Oct. 5 of final yr, Melvin was arrested and charged with failing to obey a police officer and assaulting a police officer after an hour-long standoff. That case continues to be pending.
“Our officers and brokers are targeted on our crucial mission,” US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger mentioned. “I applaud them for his or her eager commentary and for not taking any possibilities on the subject of security and safety.”
On the time of Melvin’s October arrest, Capitol Police mentioned he had traveled to the Capitol advanced in August and “made regarding statements.”
It was not instantly clear why authorities listed Melvin’s age as 55 after his arrest final yr and 58 on Thursday.