A teenager who alerted the FBI to his dad's alleged role in the Capitol riots has said he felt guilty for speaking with the authorities - but would 'do it all again'.
Jackson Reffitt, 18, told Fox4: 'I got in contact with the FBI after the Capitol riots about my dad. It was my moral compass, kind of, to do what I thought would protect not only my family, but my dad himself.'
His father, Guy Reffitt, 48, was arrested Friday at his home in Wylie, Texas, according to court records.
He is charged with obstruction of justice and unlawful entry. According to an affidavit, the 48-year-old was recorded on video outside the Capitol during the January 6 riot and later threatened his wife and children if they turned him in.
According to local news, Reffitt's wife told officials that he was arguing about the incident with his son and daughter when he told them: 'If you turn me in, you're a traitor and you know what happens to traitors. ... Traitors get shot.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Reffitt Jr. said Saturday he had not spoken with his dad since his arrest but 'wished he could'. He told The New York Times he was no longer staying at the family home; he would not reveal his location for fear of his safety.
He added: 'I would say I'm sorry, because I don't feel like I put him in this situation, but I still feel guilty. I would do it again.'
Jackson Reffitt, pictured, alerted the FBI to his dad's alleged role in the Capitol riots
Guy Reffitt (pictured at the Capitol), 48, of Texas, who was arrested in connection to the riot at the Capitol earlier this month, allegedly threatened to shoot his children if they became 'traitors' and turned him in to the FBI
The teen is said to have contacted the authorities about his dad in the days before the siege, The New York Times reports.
He told the paper: 'He would always tell me that he's going to do something big. I didn't know what he was going to do, so I just did anything possible just to be on the safe side.'
The FBI then spoke with Reffitt Jr. to follow up on his tip in the wake of the Capitol riots.
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Reffitt Jr. said Saturday he had not spoken with his dad since his arrest but 'wished he could'. He told The New York Times he was no longer staying at the family home; he would not reveal his location for fear of his safety. He is pictured speaking with Chris Cuomo on CNN
Jackson said he is 'afraid' about what his dad 'might