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A suburban Chicago man accused of threatening to take the life of President-elect Joe Biden and other Democrats at the upcoming inauguration in Washington, DC, have been arrested, prosecutors said.
The United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago said in a press release that Chicago Heights’ Louis Capriotti faces a federal charge of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. In a hearing Tuesday afternoon, hours after Capriotti’s morning arrest, Federal Judge Gabriel A. Fuentes ordered that he remain in custody until the detention hearing on Friday.
Joe Biden will take office on January 20.
Joe Biden will take office on January 20. (AP)

Capriotti, 45, is accused of leaving a threatening voicemail for a member of the United States House of Representatives on December 29. Prosecutors said the caller said that if people “think Joe Biden is going to put his hand on the Bible and walk into it (expletive) White House on January 20, sadly (expletive) they are wrong.”

He continued: “We will surround the (expletive) White House and kill any (expletive) Democrat who steps on the (expletive) lawn,” according to the statement.

Capriotti did not plead guilty and did not comment on the allegations. He confirmed to the judge that he was on the call, due to COVID-19, many hearings are being held remotely, and after the judge called for a short recess, he could be heard on the line asking if his attorney had called. to his mother.

Rioters outside the United States Capitol building.
Rioters outside the United States Capitol building. (AP)

According to the criminal complaint filed by an FBI agent who investigated the case, Capriotti has repeatedly made profane and threatening phone calls to members of Congress since 2017, and after an investigation revealed the calls were coming from his phone, he admitted to the FBI who had made other calls, saying he was “alone (expletive) with” members of Congress.

According to the complaint, Capriotti left profane and threatening calls to three members of Congress in November and December of last year. In each of the calls, the man who did not want to give his name said he was in the Marine Corps and had killed terrorists before. And after accusing one of the members of Congress of being a terrorist, he said that “he will continue to kill them (the terrorists) because that is what I was trained to do.”

Capriotti told federal investigators when they first approached him in February last year that he had never served in the military.

Supporters of President Donald Trump scale the west wall of the United States Capitol.
Supporters of President Donald Trump scale the west wall of the United States Capitol. (AP)

The December 29 call that the complaint says was made by a phone on Capriotti’s account followed a similar pattern, with the caller saying that he was trained to kill terrorists and that Democrats are (expletive) terrorists. ” .

The call was made several days before a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump made their way to the US Capitol building. Five people, including a United States Capitol police officer, were killed in the January 6 assault on Washington. Dozens of people have been arrested in the attack, which temporarily halted congressional business to confirm Biden as president.

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