The oil worker, who has ties to self-styled militia and right-wing extremist groups, was arrested over the weekend.
When Guy Reffitt returned home to Wylie, Texas, two days after storming the US Capitol building with his fellow Trump supporters earlier this month, he was quite pleased with himself as he proudly recounted his actions to his family. By January 11, however, Reffitt's pride has been replaced by a stronger emotion: fear. According to an affidavit from FBI agent Thomas B Ryan submitted in DC federal court on Saturday, upon learning that widely circulated video and photographic proof placed him at the scene of the attempted insurgence, Reffitt threatened his own children.
What A Guy: Prosecutors say Guy Reffitt of Texas stormed the Capitol & then threatened his children: “If you turn me in, you’re a traitor & you know what happens to traitors. Traitors get shot.” He said he’d “do what he has to do” & ... “put a bullet through” his daughters phone. pic.twitter.com/9VsHt3RjoL— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 18, 2021
"If you turn me in, you're a traitor and you know what happens to traitors... traitors get shot," the 48-year-old allegedly told his son and daughter, according to his wife who recounted the conversation to the FBI. The bureau eventually did catch up to Reffitt, an oil worker with ties to self-styled militia and right-wing extremist groups. According to The Washington Post, he was arrested over the weekend and charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly threatening his family and unlawful entry into the Capitol. Reffitt's wife reportedly told federal agents that her husband is also a member of the Three Percenters, a right-wing movement founded on the false belief that only 3 percent of colonists fought the British during the Revolutionary War.
As per the affidavit from agent Ryan, Reffitt appeared in video footage of the insurrection published by Reuters which shows him wearing a blue jacket, tactical-style vest, and a black helmet with a GoPro camera affixed to the front as he appeared to pour water on his eyes to wash out chemical irritants. The FBI agent identified Reffitt by comparing the image in the video to his driver’s license and upon investigating his cellphone, found that the device's tracking data placed Reffitt at the Capitol on January 6. His email address was also found on a website for "Texas Freedom Force," which the FBI identified as a militia extremist group.
ARRESTED: Guy Reffitt, 48, from Wylie Texas is charged with obstruction of justice and unlawful entry. His two children said he threatened them to the effect: "If you turn me in, you're a traitor and you know what happens to traitors...traitors get shot." https://t.co/tYGQxTuPkm pic.twitter.com/YKB9C9JFkN— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 18, 2021
Reffitt's 18-year-old son told an FBI agent that his father came home two days after the attempted insurrection carrying his AR-15 rifle and a Smith & Wesson pistol and revealed that he had gone armed to Washington, "stormed the Capitol," and recorded the events on his GoPro. The teen told authorities that around January 11, his father told him and his sister to "erase everything." Reffitt then allegedly told his son that if he "crossed the line and reported Reffitt to the police, putting the family in jeopardy, Reffitt would have no option but to do Reffitt's duty for Reffitt's country, and 'do what he had to do,'" the affidavit states.
ARRESTED: Guy Reffitt, from Wylie N. Texas— Wong guy (@s0metingWong) January 18, 2021
CBS 11 News has confirmed as of 2:00 p.m. Monday, Guy Reffitt is still in custody.
He also threatened to shoot kids if they told FBI about DC trip pic.twitter.com/nFCiE0CoWk
Reffitt's son said that the man then allegedly threatened his daughter as well, warning her that if she recorded his comments or posted anything about it on social media, he would "put a bullet through" her phone. According to the FBI, when Reffitt's wife — who was not home when her husband allegedly threatened their children — confronted him about his conversation with their kids, he told her "he was trying to protect the family, and if someone was a traitor, then that's what's going to happen."
A warm welcome for Wylie's own Guy Reffitt.— ChrisS (@LaVidaLocums) January 19, 2021
She told the FBI that although her husband is "super passionate," she didn't believe he would act on his threats despite the fact that he "did not indicate regret or take anything back." Speaking to KXAS, Reffitt's son revealed that his father became increasingly obsessed with politics over the four years of the Trump administration and joined a far-right militia group known as the "three percenters" who he said, "are pretty out there." The teen blamed Trump for manipulating his father and said that Reffitt believed the president's false claims that the election was rigged. "I love him but I hate him," he said of his father. "I don't really know him anymore."