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An Illinois man was arrested Tuesday after allegedly threatening to assassinate Democrats at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in Washington next week.
Louis Capriotti, 45, is charged with threatening in a voicemail message on Dec. 29 to a member of the United States House of Representatives in New Jersey, according to a criminal complaint in the United States District Court in Chicago.
A Chicago man is arrested for threatening to “kill any motherf—ing Democrat” at the inauguration, feds say.
Louis Capriotti said if lawmakers think Biden will enter the W.H. “on January 20th, they’re sadly f—ing mistaken,” court papers say.https://t.co/tnbxfRdQhv
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 12, 2021
He allegedly said that if some people “think Joe Biden will get his hands on the Bible and go to the White House on January 20, they are sadly wrong.”
“We will surround the mother in the White House and kill all the Democratic mothers who walk on their mother’s lawn.”
Capriotti, of Chicago Heights, a suburb of Windy City, allegedly left “anonymous and disturbing messages” in the past with members of Congress, according to the complaint.
Most of the voicemail messages contained “profanity and derogatory comments about the race, religion, political affiliation or physical appearance of some members and others.”
Capriotti was accused of conveying a threat in international trade. A judge ordered his arrest at least until Friday’s hearing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
If he is found guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
“Our office takes the safety of our officers very seriously,” US Attorney John R. Lausch Jr said in a statement.
“Those who cross the line of freedom of expression through illegal threats will be held accountable.”
Capriotti’s arrest comes less than a week after a crowd of President Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol as Congress officially began counting votes from electoral districts to confirm Biden’s victory. Five people died in the riot.
Authorities raised concerns about escalating violence before and during Biden’s inauguration, and Trump approved an emergency declaration Monday to strengthen security in the nation’s capital.
An FBI memo reportedly warned that armed protests were expected in all 50 state capitals plus DC from this week through inauguration day.