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UPDATE: Suspicious Vehicle Investigation

October 5, 2021
Press Release

The United States Capitol Police arrested a man after he illegally parked in front of the Supreme Court and refused leave.

In August, the same man came to the Capitol Complex and made concerning statements.

The man, who has been identified as 55-year old Dale Paul Melvin of Kimball, MI (DOB: 9/4/66), was arrested for Failure to Obey and Assault on a Police Officer.

"I would like to express my appreciation for all of our officers as well as the Supreme Court Police officers,” said Deputy Chief Jason Bell of the USCP’s Operational Services Bureau. “Everybody did an outstanding job to keep our Congressional Campus safe.”

At approximately 9:30 am, USCP officers saw Melvin’s illegally parked Chevy Tahoe in front of the Supreme Court.

The suspect appeared to be frustrated, refused to talk to our officers, and said, “The time for talking is done.”

Officers cleared the area out of an abundance of caution.

USCP crisis negation officers tried to speak with the suspect, but he refused to talk. 

At approximately 11:00 am, the USCP Containment and Emergency Response Team, which is similar to a SWAT team pulled the man from the SUV.

The vehicle is still being searched, but so far no weapons have been found.

At this time, we do not expect additional news releases about this arrest.