Federal prosecutors want Wylie’s man accused of being on Capitol Hill riot to unlock computer, NBC5 reports
Claiming it could contain incriminating videos and other information, federal prosecutors try to force Collin County man imprisoned in the Capitol riot of January 6 to unlock their computer either 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 police officers at Capitol Hill, prosecutors said.
Reffitt, a well-known 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, to enter his passcode. access or its 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 object to Reffitt being forced to unlock the computer by facial recognition and wrote that “a biometric unlock attempt may be appropriate.”
Reffitt is also accused of threaten family members if they denounced it and planned separate attacks on “mainstream media”, “Silicon Valley” and “Big Tech”.