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Man Arrested for Crashing into FBI Gate

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia

ATLANTA - Erving Lee Bolling, 48, of Easley, South Carolina, had his initial appearance on April 3, 2024, on the federal charge of depredation of federal property after he attempted on April 1, 2024, to breach security at the FBI Atlanta’s Headquarters in Chamblee, Georgia 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. Bolling was immediately taken into custody by FBI agents.  Dekalb County Police Department officers and EMS then responded to the scene. Bolling was ultimately transported to the hospital for medical care and evaluation.

Members of the public are reminded that the complaint only contains an allegation.  The defendant is presumed innocent of the charge and it will be the government’s burden to seek an indictment before a federal grand jury and to ultimately prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine I. Terry is prosecuting the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is

Updated April 9, 2024

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