Chicago Heights man charged with threatening violence at Biden's inauguration

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. -- A Chicago Heights man was arrested for allegedly threatening violence at next week's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Louis Capriotti, 45, is charged with transmitting a threat, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago. He was arrested near his home Tuesday morning, officials said.

Federal prosecutors said Capriotti had years-long history of threatening federal lawmakers in detailed, profanity-filled voicemails.

In a voicemail left for a member of Congress from New Jersey, Capriotti allegedly said if people "think that Joe Biden is going to put his hand on the Bible and walk into that f-ing White House on January 20th, they're sadly f-ing mistaken."

Capriotti identified himself as "a nine-year Marine, active duty" and allegedly said "we will surround the motherf-ing White House and we will kill any motherf-king Democrat that steps on the motherf-ing lawn." Prosecutors said Capriotti never served in the military.

"Our office takes the security of our public servants very seriously," U.S. Attorney John Lausch said in a statement. "Individuals who cross the line of free speech by making unlawful threats will be held accountable."

The charge is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

Capriotti will be held in federal custody in downtown Chicago until at least Friday, when his next appearance in court is scheduled.

WLS-TV contributed to this report

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2021.)