South Carolina Man Faces Federal Charges After Attempted Breach of FBI Atlanta Headquarters

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Erving Lee Bolling, 48, of Easley, South Carolina, appeared in court on April 3, 2024, facing federal charges for the attempted breach of security at the FBI Atlanta Headquarters in Chamblee, Georgia.

Bolling allegedly attempted to breach the perimeter on April 1, 2024, by ramming his vehicle into a security barrier.

“The safety of our law enforcement partners is one of the highest priorities of this office,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. “Bolling’s alleged damage to federal property during his attempt to unlawfully enter a federal facility created a risk of safety to federal agents and staff that cannot be tolerated.”

“The safety of our employees is of paramount concern for us at the FBI, and any attempts to breach our facility will be met with stiff penalties,” said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “Thanks to agents’ diligence and quick-thinking, the incident was prevented from escalating into a more dangerous situation, and for that we are grateful. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure the continued safety of our employees.”

According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charge, and other information presented in court: On April 1, 2024, Bolling, driving an orange Buick Encore, allegedly rammed into a barrier at FBI Atlanta’s headquarters while attempting to breach the perimeter. After crashing into a barrier, Bolling exited the vehicle and allegedly attempted to follow an FBI employee into the secure parking lot area by walking past the gate.

Following the incident, Bolling was taken into custody by FBI agents and subsequently transported to the hospital for medical evaluation.

The case is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.