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