Three Percenter Brags About Being Armed During Capitol Invasion, Obtaining Weapons To “Take Back Our Country”
Every day new details emerge about the planning and people behind the deadly insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and every day it becomes clearer it was no spontaneous occurrence.
On Saturday federal prosecutors revealed that a Texas man affiliated with the white militant group the Three Percenters, who was part of the mob that breached the Capitol, had set up a security company as a front to load up on law enforcement-grade weaponry that he planned to use to “take back our country.”
Guy Reffitt drove from Texas to Washington, D.C., in advance of Jan. 6. Prosecutors say they recovered encrypted messages from the chat app Telegram and are in possession of audio recordings in which he bragged to two other rioters that he and others were carrying guns during the invasion. Reffitt also encouraged the two individuals to join the “Texas Three Percenters” militia. Prosecutors describe the Three Percenters as an ideology based on the notion that the current government is the equivalent of British oppressors and should therefore be overthrown by armed militias.
“I have a new security business to circumvent the 2nd Amendment issue,” Reffitt told the pair. “Website is under construction but business is licensed with Secretary of State, Texas DPS, and Texas Board of Private Security. We can get ammo and weapons available to law enforcement. We have an interior certified training officer. Join us and lets take back our country. The fight has only just begun.”
Prosecutors described the arrangement in an effort to persuade a judge that Reffitt is too dangerous to be released before his trial. They noted that Reffitt misled the FBI about his company — TTP Security, LLC — telling them it had no connection to the Texas Three Percenters. The name, he said, stood for “Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.” “However, the defendant’s January 9, 2021 Telegram message to his fellow rioters (and prospective TTP militia members) reveals this to be false,” prosecutors said. Prior to forming the company in October 2020, Reffitt’s work experience appears mostly to have been in the oil industry, according to his LinkedIn profile.
They also disclosed that his behavior prior to Jan. 6 had so alarmed his family that at least one member reported him to the FBI. When he returned from D.C. on Jan. 8, a family member covertly recorded his conversations and shared them with law enforcement. He described taking a firearm into the Capitol, a significant admission since federal authorities have indicated they have not yet proven that anyone inside the Capitol carried a gun. He also said he was aware that other rioters were carrying guns as well.
“I did bring a weapon on property that we own. Federal grounds or not,” he said. “The law is written, but it doesn’t mean it’s right law. The people that were around me were all carrying, too.”