A man who appeared to be at the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month allegedly told his children they would “get shot” if they turned him in to authorities.
The alleged rioter, Guy Wesley Reffitt, was arrested in Texas, according to the Justice Department’s website.
He is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and obstruction of justice.
Reffitt’s wife told the FBI that on Jan. 8, Reffitt told their family members that he was at the U.S. Capitol and claimed that he went to protect the country, according to an affidavit. The document did not refer to the relatives by name.
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By Jan. 11, his son and daughter told his wife that Reffitt threatened them if they were to turn him in.
“If you turn me in, you’re a traitor and you know what happens to traitors…traitors get shot,” Reffitt’s wife said, according to the FBI.
Reffitt said he had to “erase everything” because the FBI was on to him, according to his son. He added that if they reported him, he would have no choice but to “do what he had to do.”
Read more at The Hill.