FBI wants accused Capitol Hill rioter to unlock his computer – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Arguing that it could contain incriminating videos and other information, federal prosecutors are trying to force a Collin County man jailed in the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill to unlock his computer by facial recognition or with a code.
Wylie’s Guy Reffitt traveled to Washington with a rifle and handgun to participate in the insurgency, the FBI said. He wrapped his pistol in a holster and wore a black tactical helmet with a camera attached as he charged officers at Capitol Hill, prosecutors said.
Reffitt, a notorious member of the militia known as the “Three Percent”, was arrested at his home in Wylie on January 16.
During a search, officers seized his Surface Pro laptop but were unable to access it.
In a motion, prosecutors are asking a judge to order Reffitt to “place his face in front of the computer camera so that the computer can be biometrically unlocked” or, if that doesn’t work, enter his code. access or PIN code in the device. .
A camera review of Reffitt’s helmet revealed that three video files were deleted just days after the Capitol attack. Two of them were titled “DC”, according to the motion.
“The government believes that at least these three video files may have been transferred (to the Surface Pro),” a prosecutor wrote.
A hearing before a federal judge in Washington is scheduled for Wednesday.
In a response, Reffitt’s attorney noted that the government had allowed his search warrant to expire without taking action beforehand.
“Reffitt doesn’t think he used a passcode or PIN, but if he did, after more than five months he doesn’t remember what it would be,” wrote the Reffitt’s lawyer in a response.
The attorney, William Welch of Columbia, Md., Did not specifically dispute that Reffitt was forced to unlock the computer by facial recognition and wrote that “a biometric unlock attempt might be appropriate.”
Reffitt is also accused of threatening members of his family if they reported him and planned separate attacks on “mainstream media”, “Silicon Valley” and “Big Tech”.