A Texas man who participated in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol allegedly went to extreme measures (or at least threatened to go to extreme members) to try and prevent family members from snitching on his participation. According to court documents, Guy Reffitt threatened to shoot his daughter and son if they told the authorities.
Reffitt allegedly leveled the warning while arguing with his kids over his role in the incident, according to testimony given by his wife to an FBI agent.
“If you turn me in, you’re a traitor and you know what happens to traitors…traitors get shot,” Reffitt is alleged to have said to his children. Further accusations say he threatened to put a "bullet" through his daughter's phone if she spoke of what happened to her friends.
Footage of Reffitt was shown on both YouTube and Fox News on the same day the chaos happened. The affidavit says he was spotted in restricted areas of the building, which is why he's been accused of unlawful entry.
According to TMZ, he can be spotted in this Reuters footage around the 40-second mark with a camera on his head pouring water in his eyes:
The FBI claims Reffitt admitted his participation in the riot to his son, and that he told his family he had to wipe his GoPro footage due to his now vindicated suspicions that the authorities were on to him.
The FBI says Reffitt previously made a comment on a website for a militia group called the Texas Freedom Force. His wife reportedly claimed she didn't believe he'd actually go through with his alleged threats against his family.
As for his version of events, Reffitt reportedly told agents he was at the Capitol, but didn't enter the building. He was arrested on Jan. 15 and now faces charges for obstruction of justice.