A suburban Chicago man has been arrested for allegedly “threatening to commit violence” during the upcoming presidential inauguration, accused of having plans in a voicemail to “kill anyone [expletive] Democrat “stepping on the White House lawn, according to a criminal complaint.
Louis Capriotti, a 45-year-old from Chicago Heights, was charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced.
Capriotti was arrested near his home Tuesday morning and is scheduled to appear in court at 6 p.m. 15.30, officials said.
The criminal lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago claims that Capriotti in a voicemail to a U.S. House member from New Jersey on Dec. 29 said that if certain individuals “believe that Joe Biden will lay his hand on the Bible and go into it [expletive] The White House on January 20, they are unfortunately [expletive] wrongly. ”
“We want to embrace [expletive] The White House, and we̵
According to the complaint, Capriotti left several “disturbing, anonymous messages” on the telephone systems of several members of Congress between October 3, 2019 and January 29, 2020, and again from February to December. Authorities also believe he may have left similar messages from another issue between 2017 and 2019.
The alleged “messages included in almost all cases swear words, along with derogatory remarks about race, religion, political affiliation or physical appearance of certain members and others,” the complaint states.
Officials said the FBI interviewed Capriotti in February 2020, and he admitted to making calls and leaving voicemail, but said he “did not mean any malice.” They asked him to stop making such calls, but Capriotti continued to leave such answering machines in the months that followed, the complaint claims.
In one of the messages left in November, the caller called himself “a nine-year-old Marine, active duty” and said he had “killed” several “terrorists” in previous wars. , and that he “will continue to kill them because that’s what I’m trained to do.” The complainant claims that he also said “in the next few weeks some big news is going down” and that certain individuals “will be amazed at what will be revealed.”
“Our office takes the safety of our officials very seriously,” U.S. Attorney John Lausch said in a statement. “Individuals who cross freedom of expression by making illegal threats will be held accountable.”
It was not immediately clear whether Capriotti had a lawyer.
The announcement of the arrest comes less than a week after thousands violated the U.S. Capitol in a violent, deadly uprising. The FBI has warned of more unrest before inauguration day.