A Texas man who stormed the Capitol Building on January 6 is facing several federal charges after he allegedly threatened his own children if they contacted the authorities about his involvement. The FBI managed to track down Guy Reffitt, 48, using news footage that showed him wearing tactical gear and a GoPro camera attached to a helmet during the riot.
Agents secured a search warrant for his home and took him into custody. His family detailed his threats and erratic behavior to investigators.
Reffitt's son claimed that his father told his minor daughter that he would 'put a bullet through' her phone if she posted a video of his comments on social media.
"Reffitt stated to daughter that if daughter were recording Reffitt or put this (meaning Reffitt's comments) anywhere on social media, then daughter will have crossed the line, betrayed the family, and Reffitt was going to 'put a bullet through' daughter's phone," the affidavit states.
When Reffitt returned home from Washington, D.C., he realized that authorities were trying to track him down and threatened to shoot his kids if they contacted the police. His wife told investigators that he told their two children, "If you turn me in, you're a traitor, and you know what happens to traitors … traitors get shot."
She told the FBI that her husband was a member of the 3 Percenters militia group and said she did not think he would follow through on his threats.
"Spouse did not believe Reffitt would act on his words and, according to spouse, neither spouse nor son or daughter felt threatened, but rather 'disturbed' by Reffitt's 'extreme' statements," the affidavit says.
Reffitt is facing charges of obstruction and knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.