A North Carolina man is in jail and facing a felony charge after he was alleged to have made repeated assassination threats against President Joe Biden and other administration officials, the Charlotte Observer reports.
David Kyle Reeves, a 27-year-old from Gastonia, was said to have appeared in court Thursday for arraignment after being arrested last Friday.
The judge ordered Reeves held in custody without bail in the Mecklenburg County Jail until his next court appearance.
If convicted on a single charge of threatening the president of the United States, Reeves could face up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000, the Observer reports.
A series of phone calls
According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina, Reeves is alleged to have made a series of phone calls to the White House switchboard between Jan. 28 and Feb. 1 in which he repeatedly threatened to kill Biden, among others.
When Reeves was contacted by a Secret Service agent about his threats against the president, he reportedly threatened to kill the agent, as well, and then repeatedly called back and harassed the agent.
Reeves is also alleged to have called the Capitol Police switchboard and made death threats against the police and members of Congress.
Explicit and repeated threats
All of these various threats from Reeves — and the explicit manner in which they were allegedly made — were laid out in an affidavit that was unsealed and made public during the court hearing Thursday.
According to the Gaston Gazette, Reeves described in detail in the phone calls how he would attempt to kill Biden, Secret Service agents, D.C. police officers, and “everyone” else in his way.
Reeves had also dared the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies to come and arrest him, and asserted that he wouldn’t get into any trouble because he believed — mistakenly so — that his direct and explicit threats of violence were mere words that were protected under the right of free speech.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Reeves had an extensive history of arrests and convictions for violent criminal behavior, including “assault, family violence, terroristic threats and acts, assault on a police officer while resisting arrest, violation of family violence order, malicious injury willful injury to courthouse, threatening the life of a public employee and criminal trespass, among other arrests.”
Now, however, it looks like he’ll be off the streets — at least for a little while.