The 25-year-old mentally-disturbed man who rammed his car into the Capitol on Friday, killing a member of the Capitol Police, was caught on camera 90 minutes before the attack, calmly purchasing a 10-inch kitchen knife.
Noah Green, 25, was shot and killed by Capitol Police following the attack, which happened shortly after 1pm.
His brother Brendan has told of the family’s deep concern about his mental state, with Green, a college football star who graduated with a degree in finance, suffering since 2019 from paranoia, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts.
Green on Thursday night was described as being violently ill, and told Brendan, who he had moved in with two weeks previously, that he was leaving to be homeless.
On Friday Green was caught on surveillance camera browsing the knives in District Cutlery, around ten minutes drive from the Capitol.
Green is seen in a white hoody and face mask, buying a $300 knife on Friday morning in DC
Green, 25, died in Friday’s attack, which saw him ram his car at the Capitol barricades
Capitol Police opened fire after Green emerged from his car with a knife and ran at them
The store, which bills itself as the only specialist knife retailer in DC, counts celebrated chefs such as Jose Andres among its clients, and sells artisan knives for several hundred dollars.
Green can be seen in a white hoodie browsing the knives inside a glass cabinet.
He turns several over, inspecting them, before settling on a Kurosaki Shizuku Sujihiki 270mm SG2 knife.
The distinctive knife with its ‘tsuchime’, or hammered metal, pattern on the blade – designed for slicing – is made by the youngest Japanese blacksmith to ever be made a Master Blacksmith, Yu Kurosaki.
The knife retails for around $300.
The knife, with its distinctive ‘tsuchime’ pattern hammered into the blade, is Japanese-made
Green purchased the knife on Friday, 90 minutes before the attack
Green is seen calmly paying for the knife with his bank card. The cashier then wraps the knife in a brown paper parcel, tightly sealed, and hands it to Green who thanks him as he walks away.
Shortly after, more video would show Green emerging from his crashed car with the knife in his hand and starting to run at the pair of officers.
Green’s family spoke of his increasingly delusional thoughts.
In online posts since removed, Green described being under government thought control and said he was being watched.
He described himself as a follower of the Nation of Islam and its longtime leader, Louis Farrakhan, and spoke of going through a difficult time when he leaned on his faith.
“To be honest these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher,” wrote Green in late March.
“I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life. I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey.”
Officer William Evans was killed in the attack.
It was the second line-of-duty death this year for the U.S. Capitol Police, still struggling to heal from the January 6 insurrection.