David Kyle Reeves, a North Carolina resident, made his first phone call to the White House on January 28. After the operator asked him where to direct his call, Reeves said, “I am going to f-king kill you all.” Throughout the next three days, Reeves called the White House and Secret Service agents directly to lob various death threats.

Throughout the afternoon of January 28, Reeves made more than a dozen calls to the White House saying, “I am going to chop your heads off” and “f-k the White House.”

Some days later, Secret Service Special Agent John Robinson called Reeves to ask about his phone calls. Reeves doubled down on his original threats allegedly telling the operator “I’m going to come kill the president.”

Reeves was soon arrested in Gastonia, North Carolina and charged with threatening the president, as revealed by unsealed court documents. Reeves remains in custody now. Reeve’s public defender, Kevin A. Tate, told the New York Times that Reeves is being evaluated by mental health professionals, and he plans to plead not guilty.


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Special Agent Robinson wrote to the North Carolina court that Reeves “stated he had free speech and did nothing wrong.” After their initial call, Reeves actually called Special Agent Robinson again to make further death threats. Reeves called Robinson a third time in the same day, now threatening to kill the special agent himself. Reeves however added that his threats were “just words and he is allowed to say them.”

After his several calls with Robinson, Reeves then called back the White House switchboard operator now saying, “I’m going to kill the Secret Service, because I own this whole planet.”

Reeves then admitted to the operator that he wanted the Secret Service to give him a ride to the White House “so he can punch the President in the face, sit in his chair, and stay there until he dies.”

Reeves then called Special Agent Robinson again the following morning saying he wanted to be arrested. He told Robinson that he would not be in prison for very long “because he will behave and only read books,” but then once released, Reeves said, once again, he would kill Robinson.

Court documents reveal that Reeves has been charged nine times in the past variously for assault, terroristic threats and acts, assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest and family violence.

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