U.S. Capitol police arrest Michigan man after reports of suspicious vehicle

Beth LeBlanc
The Detroit News

A 55-year-old Kimball Township man was arrested Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol following reports of a suspicious vehicle. 

U.S. Capitol Police said they were investigating a suspicious vehicle about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday after a man pulled his Chevy Tahoe in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, where the justices were set to hear arguments in a Michigan case starting at 10 a.m.

Police reported at about 11 a.m. that the man had been extracted from his vehicle and taken into custody for failure to obey and assault on a police officer.

Police identified the person as Dale Paul Melvin. Police said Melvin also made "concerning statements" during an August stop at the Capitol complex. 

Deputy Chief Jason Bell said Tuesday that when officials approached the man's vehicle he "made a statement to the effect of, 'The time for talking is done.'"

"At that time we backed off, had our crisis negotiation officers attempt to speak with him," Bell said. "The man was refusing to speak."

No weapons were found, and the incident remains under investigation, Bell said. Further information on the arrest was not immediately available.

Federal court records portray Melvin as a disabled maintenance worker who worked at a car wash but is suffering from back, neck and breathing problems along with coronary disease.

Melvin sued the Social Security Administration in 2018 over a denial of Supplemental Security Income and disability benefits. A federal judge upheld the administration's decision in February 2020, according to federal court records.

Staff Writer Robert Snell contributed.