A North Carolina man has been arrested and is facing a single federal charge for allegedly threatening to assassinate President Joe Biden.
David Kyle Reeves, a 27-year-old from Gastonia, North Carolina, is currently sitting in jail on a count of threatening the president of the United States, The Washington Times reported Thursday.
Threats against the president
According to the Times, Reeves repeatedly called the White House threatening to kill Biden and other government leaders. The calls reportedly took place between Jan. 28 and Feb. 1.
In one of the initial calls, investigators allege that Reeves told a White House switchboard operator, “I am going to [expletive] kill you all.”
“F*** you all,” he said, according to The Washington Post. “I am going to chop your heads off.”
Reeves made similar threats against members of Congress.
In another call, the 27-year-old is alleged to have brazenly told members of the Secret Service to “come pick him up and take him to the White House so he can punch the president in the face, sit in his chair, and stay there until he dies.”
“I own this whole planet”
The White House switchboard operator reported the situation to the Secret Service, The New York Times said — but it seemed Reeves was only emboldened after the agency reached out to him.
After speaking with the Secret Service, Reeves called them back on a number of occasions, reissuing his threats. “I’m going to come kill the president,” Reeves said on one of those occasions, according to The Washington Times. “I’m going to kill the Secret Service because I own this whole planet.”
Reeves made similar remarks in a call with the U.S. Capitol Police.
It all came to a head last week when Reeves was arrested, and on Thursday, he made his first appearance before a federal magistrate. The judge reportedly issued an order requiring Reeves to be held in custody until at least his next court appearance.
If convicted, Reeves could be hit with up to a $250,000 fine and up to five years of prison time, The Washington Times notes. Making death threats against the U.S. president — or anyone else for that matter — certainly is not the way to go.