Police arrested a man suspected of robbing Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Monday while he was vacationing in the Caribbean Island Nevis, according to an article on CNN.com.
28 year-old Vedel Browne turned himself in after officials declared him "a person of interest," and released his photo to the media. Browne has yet to be officially charged in connection with the arrest.
Breyer was with his wife, his sister, and another guest when an intruder entered his vacation home armed with a machete and proceeded to steal around $1,000 from the 4 occupants. Thankfully, no one was harmed.
The male assailant fled the house and the authorities were informed of the robbery soon thereafter. Breyer has since returned home. He attended a dinner last week with Vice President Joe Biden and the visiting Chinese Vice President.
The U.S. Marshals Service provides protection for the justices when they travel domestically, and agency spokesman Jeff Carter said last week the agency was "aware of the incident involving Justice Breyer on the Caribbean island of Nevis and is assisting the Supreme Court Police and local law enforcement authorities with the investigation as needed."
FBI spokesmen Paul Bresson, also said that they are assisting the local police with the ongoing investigation.
Breyer has yet to comment concerning the robbery. The Court resumes its public sessions Tuesday, after a month-long recess.
Although not common, this is not the first time that a Supreme Court justice has been attacked. Recently retired Justice David Souter was assaulted by a group of young males in 2004 while jogging alone in the evening near his Washington home. He suffered some minor bruises and was briefly treated and subsequently released from a local hospital.
Justice Byron "Whizzer" White was attacked in July 1982 during a speech in Utah. That incident led to regular protection by U.S. marshals for members of the court when they travel.
73-year-old Breyer was nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1994, and is known as one of the most active and liberal members of the nine-person court.
This instance doesn't seem to have any politically charged motives as it seems to a garden variety robbery. Yet, it does raise eyebrows regarding the safety of these prominent political figures while traveling abroad. Especially, when concerning that many are of an elevated age.
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