US teenager did 'right thing' after reporting his father to FBI for involvement in Capitol riots

Jackson Reffitt spoke to the FBI ahead of the riots on January 6.
Jackson Reffitt spoke to the FBI ahead of the riots on January 6. Photo credit: Getty / Twitter @danemcfadhen

A Texas teenager who reported his own father's involvement in the Capitol riots said it was the "right thing" to do.

Jackson Reffitt spoke to the FBI ahead of the riots on January 6 as he was worried his father, Guy Reffitt, 48, was up to something.

FBI documents revealed that two days after the riot, Guy returned to the family's home in Texas and told his son he stormed the Capitol.

He then threatened Jackson and his sister and said: "If you turn me in, you're a traitor, and you know what happens to traitors? Traitors get shot."

But the 18-year-old had already reported his father.

"He would always tell me that he's going to do something big. I assumed he was going to do something big, and I didn't know what," Jackson told the NY Times in a phone interview on Saturday. 

"I didn't know what he was going to do, so I just did anything possible just to be on the safe side." 

Jackson said he "just wanted someone to know" about his father's threats of "doing something big".

The 48-year-old was arrested on January 16 and faced charges for obstruction of justice, knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and for threatening his family.

In an interview with CNN on Saturday, Jackson said he felt like he did the "right thing".

"I was worried - I didn't think he would actually do anything bad. But him saying anything even remotely threatening to me and my sister and my family and government officials, it was just too much."

Jackson told NY times his mum and sister had no idea what he had done until they saw him on CNN. He has since moved out of the house.

"Yes I'm the kid on CNN, I'm sorry I probably won't get around to responding to everyone," he tweeted on Saturday.

"My mom and my sisters are absolutely ruined about the news from what I did. This is the first they are hearing about my involvement in my dad's arrest. Please send them love in any form."