Capitol riot man threatened children if they reported him, affidavit says – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio
WYLIE, Texas – A Texas man identified as one of the Trump supporters who stormed the United States Capitol earlier this month is accused of threatening to shoot his children if they do. handed over to federal authorities.
Guy Wesley Reffitt, 48, of Wylie, is charged with obstructing justice for the alleged threats. He is also accused of knowingly entering a small building without legal authorization in the context of the January 6 riot on the Capitol.
As of Thursday, he was being held in the Fannin County Jail in Texas.
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According to a criminal complaint Filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, FBI agents interviewed Reffitt’s wife and children at their home in suburban Dallas on January 15, when he was arrested on the entry warrant illegal. GPS data from his cell phone placed Reffitt near the Capitol on the night of the riot.
Video of the scene, including footage shot by Reuters, shows a man identified by officers as Reffitt being pepper sprayed by a Capitol Police officer “at or beyond the police line protecting the building,” according to court records. The footage appears to show Reffitt standing on the steps of the Capitol as he rinses his eyes with a water bottle.
See an excerpt from Reuters images below.
Reffitt’s wife identified him as a member of the far-right 3 Percenters militia, court documents say. She described him as “super passionate” and subject to extreme claims.
“Militia extremists are sometimes called 3 Percenters (” III% ers “or” threepers “) based on the myth that only 3% of American settlers took up arms against the British during the American Revolution. a footnote in the complaint states. “Some third parties view the current US government as analogous to British authorities during the Revolution in terms of violations of civil liberties.”
“You know what happens to traitors”
Reffitt’s son, who is an adult but lives with his parents, told investigators he was there on January 8 when his father and another man returned from Washington.
Reffitt told his son and other family members that he was on Capitol Hill when the insurgency took place. Reffitt, whom federal investigators identified in melee footage, said he had gone armed to Washington to “protect the country.”
“We stormed the Capitol,” Reffitt, who wore helmets equipped with a GoPro camera, told his family, according to his son. He said he captured some of the activity on the camera he was carrying.
The son said he saw his father bring an AR-15 rifle and a Smith & Wesson pistol from the vehicle into the house on the day he returned home. The guns were seized during a January 15 search of Reffitt’s home.
On January 11, Reffitt told his children, including his juvenile daughter, that he had to “erase everything” because the FBI was now monitoring him, the complaint indicates.
“Reffitt further told his son that if his son crossed the line and reported Reffitt to the police, putting the family in danger, Reffitt would have no choice but to do (his) duty for (his) country and “do what he had to do, ‘” according to the document.
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“Are you threatening us? His son asked.
“Don’t put words in my mouth,” Reffitt replied.
The son believed his father had threatened his life.
Read the criminal complaint against Reffitt below.
Soon after, according to Reffitt’s son, his sister was using her cell phone to talk to her friends.
Reffitt told the girl that if she “crossed the line” and taped it or put the alleged threat on social media, he would “put a bullet in” her phone.
“The girl asked Reffitt who (he) was making them choose sides and was threatening his son and daughter”, the complaint indicates.
When Reffitt’s wife returned home later that day, the couple’s children were devastated, the woman told FBI agents. They told him about their father’s threats.
“If you report me, you are a traitor and you know what happens to traitors,” Reffitt said, according to his wife and children. “The traitors get shot.”
When she confronted him with what the children had told him, he repeated the statements, the complaint says. In response to what she told him that he could not threaten the children, he allegedly said that he “was trying to protect the family, and if someone was a traitor, then this is what was going to happen. pass”.
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Reffitt’s wife told investigators she didn’t believe he would act on her words. She said neither she nor the children felt threatened, but were rather “disturbed” by her statements.
The couple’s daughter told officers she didn’t think her father was a threat to the family and “didn’t want to further incriminate Reffitt since he was already being arrested.” court documents indicate.
When Reffitt was questioned by investigators, he told them he brought his handgun with him to Washington, but said he took it apart to comply with gun laws in the district. . He also said he visited the Capitol on January 6 but did not enter the building.
Reffitt is one of more than 100 people from across the United States who have been charged in the wake of the riot on Capitol Hill. Five people have died as a result of the clash, including a Trump supporter shot dead by a Capitol Hill police officer.
A Capitol policeman, Brian Sicknick, died of injuries sustained during the riot.
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