Guy Reffitt has been charged by the FBI (Image: FBI)
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A man arrested for being a Capitol rioter threatened to shoot his children if they turned him in to the authorities, court documents claim.
Guy Reffitt, from Wylie, Texas, has been charged with unlawful entry – for being in the US Capitol building and obstruction of justice – for threatening his family to prevent them from talking to the police.
The 48-year-old's wife told the FBI he was arguing with his son and daughter about his trip to Washington DC when he made the threat.
He allegedly said: "If you turn me in, you’re a traitor and you know what happens to traitors … traitors get shot.", Fox News reports.
An affidavit by FBI also claims Reffitt has ties to the militia extremist group “Texas Freedom Force” and two firearms – an AR-15 style rifle and a Smith & Wesson pistol – were recovered from his place at the time of his arrest.
The dad-of-two is claimed to have threatened his children
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The document says the dad-of-two allegedly told his family that he brought a gun to DC during the Capitol riots.
His son told the FBI that his dad said he went to the Capitol to “protect the country” and he used the term “we” when talking about going to the congressional building.
The 48-year-old allegedly told his family that he brought a gun to DC during the Capitol riots
Images of Reffitt appeared to show him at the riots wearing a helmet with a camera
Images of Reffitt appeared to show him at the riots wearing a helmet with a camera mounted on it.
The documents also say when Reffitt returned home he allegedly told his son that he had to "erase everything" because the FBI was watching him.
He is also claimed to have said he would "do what he had to do" if the family reported him to authorities, the documents said.
It also claimed that in one incident his daughter was on the phone to a friend and he is said to have told her he would "put a bullet through" the phone if she was recording him.
Investigators said someone named "Guy Reffitt" provided his email and phone number on the website for the Texas Freedom Force, an extremist group which according to its website s committed to protecting and preserving "Texan's Rights".
Reffitt's wife is said to have told the FBI she did not believe her husband would not act on his threats.