Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest in the rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.
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Kevin Seefried, who was photographed with a Confederate flag during the January 6th Washington riots in the U.S. Capitol, was charged by a grand jury on five cases related to disability, trespassing on restricted property, and disorderly behavior.
Seefried’s son Hunter Seefried was also charged. The younger Seefried faces the same five charges as his father, in addition to three charges of destruction of state property and violence on the grounds of the Capitol.
The grand jury document was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday and released on Thursday. The two men were arrested in January after reporting to authorities in Wilmington, Delaware. Both men are Delaware residents.
Kevin and Hunter Seefried are among the hundreds of people charged with crimes related to the Capitol attack, largely carried out by supporters of former President Donald Trump, who opposed his election defeat to President Joe Biden.
A sworn affidavit signed by FBI special agent Katherine Pattillo in connection with the case in January said authorities had checked footage allegedly showing the Seefrieds entering the Capitol through a broken window.
The two were identified, according to the affidavit, after a Hunter Seefried employee told the FBI that Hunter “bragged about being with his father at the Capitol on January 6, 2021”.
Pattillo also wrote that she was reviewing footage posted on Twitter allegedly showing Hunter Seefried “punching glass in a window in the Capitol complex after people next to him in the crowd break it with a wooden 2 x 4”.
“Kevin Seefried confirmed to law enforcement officers that Hunter Seefried was asked by someone unknown to the Seefrieds to help clear the window because Hunter Seefried was wearing gloves,” Pattillo wrote.
Kevin Seefried, who was photographed with a Confederate flag according to authorities in the U.S. Capitol, and his son Hunter Seefried (R) enter an office building in Wilmington after their first court appearance in Wilmington, Delaware on January 14, 2021.
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Both men participated in separate, voluntary interviews with investigators, Pattillo wrote. Kevin Seefried said during his interview that he brought the Confederate flag from his home in Delaware, where he had it displayed outside.
“Defendant Kevin Seefried informed law enforcement that he had traveled with his family from Delaware to the District of Columbia to hear President Trump speak and that he and Hunter Seefried had attended a march from the White House to the Capitol, the was headed by a person with a bull horn, “wrote Pattillo.
The five charges both men face are: obstruction of due process and aiding and abetting; Entering and remaining in a restricted building or site; disordered and disruptive behavior in a restricted building or site; disorderly behavior in a Capitol building; and demonstrating, demonstrating, or picketing a capitol.
In addition, Hunter Seefried is charged with entering and staying in a restricted building or area with physical violence against property. Destruction of state property; and physical violence on the premises or in the buildings of the Capitol.
A Hunter Seefried attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A lawyer for Kevin Seefried could not be reached immediately.
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