A 27-year-old man who made several phone calls to the White House threatening to kill President Biden and Secret Service agents has been arrested in North Carolina on federal charges, officials said Thursday.
The man, David K. Reeves of Gastonia, who made threats from late January to early February, said on a call to the White House: “I’m going to cut your head off,” according to a federal criminal complaint. sealed on Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He also made threats during calls to the United States Capitol Police and a Secret Service agent, prosecutors said.
Mr Reeves, who was arrested on Friday, remained in custody after a court hearing on Thursday.
Kevin A. Tate, a federal public defender representing Mr. Reeves, said in an email that his client had pleaded not guilty and was receiving mental health assessments.
The maximum penalty for threatening the president is five years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000, Andrew Murray, the US district attorney, said in a statement.
Mr. Reeves has a criminal record dating back to 2009, when he was charged with burglary, and was most recently charged with violating a domestic violence order and “illegal use of the 911 number,” according to the complaint.
According to the complaint, when a Secret Service agent called Mr. Reeves on February 1 to inquire about a threat he made during a phone call to the White House on January 28, saying he planned to “cut off heads,” Mr. Reeves told the officer he had done nothing wrong, citing his right to free speech in the First Amendment.
Then, minutes later, prosecutors say, Mr. Reeves called the same Secret Service agent and repeated the threats. Mr Reeves “said he would kill everyone,” according to the complaint, adding that he “then said he would kill everyone if he had a car and then a gun and a security clearance. security so that they can get close enough to kill everyone. “
Mr. Reeves called the officer again on February 1 and threatened to kill him, according to the complaint.
That evening, Mr. Reeves called the White House again. “I’m going to come and kill the president,” he said, according to the complaint. “I’m going to kill the Secret Service, because I own this whole planet.”
Mr. Reeves “then asked the US Secret Service to come and pick him up and take him to the White House so he could punch the president in the face, sit in his chair and stay there until his death.” , indicates the complaint.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on February 1, Mr. Reeves called Capitol Police and made further threats, according to the complaint.
The next day, Mr. Reeves again called the Secret Service agent whom he had threatened, according to the complaint, and once again threatened to kill him.
Last month, a Connecticut man was sentenced to nine years in prison for threatening to kill President Donald J. Trump and others.