"If you turn me in, you’re a traitor" - FBI charges Guy Reffitt in Capitol attack

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Shared January 18, 2021

WYLIE, Texas - A Wylie man in custody for taking part in the Capitol riot threatened to shoot his children if they reported him, according the arrest warrant affidavit.

Guy Reffitt, 48, is accused of obstruction of justice and unlawful entry in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Reffitt’s Wylie home was buzzing Saturday as FBI agents searched for evidence. Investigators say his wife, minor daughter and adult son were there at the time and told investigators Reffitt told them in the days following the riot, he needed to "erase everything"

He told his son if he reported him to police he’d have no option but to "do what he had to do." The son asked if he was threatening him and Reffitt replied, "Don’t put words in my mouth." The son told investigators he understood the statements to be a threat to his life.

The affidavit goes on to say Reffitt told his daughter if she crossed the line, he’d "put a bullet through (his) daughter’s phone" and threatened both kids saying, "If you turn me in, you’re a traitor and you know what happens to traitors…traitors get shot."

Reffitt’s wife told investigators she did not believe he would act on his words, but was "disturbed" by his "extreme" statements.

Reffitt was identified in still photos from the FBI arrest warrant on a staircase of the Capitol building wearing a blue jacket over a tactical-style vest and a helmet with a camera attached. The images came from news media clips.

Investigators say the father of three appears to flush his eyes with water after being hit with a chemical irritant either by Capitol police or others in the crowd when he was "at or past the police line"

The feds also said Reffitt is a member of a far-right militia group.

At his home, FBI agents discovered an AR-15 rifle and a pistol. They say Reffitt admitted to taking the pistol to DC but claims he disassembled it to comply with DC law.

Reffitt is the fourth person from North Texas arrested for involvement in the capitol riots. The FBI says it has opened more than 275 cases nationwide with many more to come.

"My folks have a lot of work to do and we are working hard to do it," said Matthew DeSarno, Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge.

Reffitt remains in custody in Fannin County.