On February 25 1993 the ATF obtained a warrant from the federal magistrate to arrest Koresh, and to search the Davidian complex and the surrounding 77 acres. The affidavit alleged unlawful possession of a destructive device and also contained discussion of alleged child abuse. Three days later, whilst the ATF were preparing to storm the complex, Rodriguez returned to Mount Carmel for one last time. He spoke to Koresh and learned that he knew about the planned execution of a warrant and that the operation had been compromised. Rodriguez left the complex and reported this information to his supervisors.
Despite being informed that the Davidians knew the raid was coming, the ATF commander ordered that the raid go ahead, even though their plan was dependant on reaching the compound before the Davidians had time to arm themselves. At approximately 9:30am on February 28th, ATF agents left a staging area in cattle trailers en route for Mount Carmel. According to Davidians, Kathryn Schroeder, Victorine Hollingsworth, and Marjorie Thomas, several Davidian males, including Koresh, were armed and prepared to fire on the ATF agents as they exited their vechicles and approached the complex.