A North Carolina man threatened to kill President Joe Biden and Secret Service agents in a series of disturbing phone calls, federal
A North Carolina man threatened to kill President Joe Biden and Secret Service agents in a series of disturbing phone calls, federal prosecutors said.
David Kyle Reeves, 27, appeared in federal court Thursday on a charge of threatening the president in phone calls to the White House switchboard between late January and Feb. 1, the US Attorney’s Office for the West District of North Carolina announced.
Court documents allege Reeves, who was arrested Feb. 5, told a switchboard operator he was “going to f–king kill you all” in one call he made on Jan. 28.
“F–k the White House,” Reeves allegedly said. “I am going to chop your heads off.”
A Secret Service agent then called Reeves to discuss the threat days later, only to be told by the Gastonia man that he believed he was exercising his right to free speech and did nothing wrong before hanging up, court documents show.
Minutes later, Reeves called the same agent back and restated his murderous intentions if he had the car, gun and security clearance needed to inside the White House, court documents show.
Hours later on Feb. 1, Reeves called the White House switchboard again and threatened a Secret Service agent while saying he was going to kill Biden, federal prosecutors said.
“I’m going to kill all of you because I’m capable,” Reeves allegedly said. “I’m going to come kill the President. I’m going to kill the Secret Service because I own the planet.”
Asked how he would kill Biden, Reeves said he had robbed a home when he was a teen and stole 20 guns while saying he would do it again and find transportation to Washington to kill everyone, federal prosecutors said.
Reeves has prior arrests for assault, domestic violence battery and making terrorist threats and acts. He’s also been previously charged with making unlawful 911 calls, court documents show.
Three days before his arrest, Reeves, who lives with his father, called a Secret Service agent to say he was “tired of everyone bothering his Dad,” so he planned to call police to get arrested, court document show.
“Reeves stated he would probably be sentenced to a couple of years but will get out after a year because he will behave and only read books,” the agent said in a criminal complaint. “Reeves continued that when he gets out of jail he will call me again and he will kill me.”
A judge ordered Reeves to remain in custody during a hearing Thursday. He remained held Monday at the Mecklenburg County jail, online records show. He pleaded not guilty during Thursday’s court appearance, WWTV reported.
Reeves’ attorney, Kevin Tate, told the judge that the North Carolina man “may be taking” psychotropic medication that he should continue taking while in custody, the Charlotte Observer reported.
If convicted of threatening the president, Reeves faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.