An Illinois man was arrested Tuesday for making threatening remarks to a New Jersey congressman about President-elect Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration and allegedly said he would “kill anyone [expletive] Democrat “stepping on the White House lawn.
Louis Capriotti, 45, who lives in a suburb of Chicago, reportedly told the congressman in a December 29 answering machine that if people “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] mistaken. “
“We will embrace [expletive] The White House, and we’re killing everyone [expletive] Democrat stepping on [expletive] lawn, “he continued to say in the answering machine, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
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Capriotti was arrested Tuesday morning at his home and charged with transmitting a threat in state trade, a federal crime that carries a five-year sentence.
“Our office takes the safety of our officials very seriously,”
Authorities are on high alert ahead of Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday after US Capitol riots that left five people dead last week. The National Guard is deploying 15,000 troops to Washington, DC to provide security for the event.
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The FBI has warned of armed protests at all 50 state capitals around inauguration day.
The National Park Service announced that they are closing around the Washington Monument through the inauguration “in response to credible threats to visitors and park resources.”
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Biden said Monday that he “is not afraid to take the oath outside” the U.S. Capitol building when he is sworn in to office next week.
“It is critically important that there will be a really serious focus on keeping the people involved in upliftment and life threatening, destroying public property, causing great harm, holding them accountable,” the president-elect told reporters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.