Two Delaware men charged in connection with U.S. Capitol riot

WASHINGTON — Two Delaware men are facing federal charges in connection with last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Laurel residents Kevin Seefried and his son, Hunter Seefried, were each charged with single counts of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and depredation of government property, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release Thursday.

The men were taken into custody in Delaware on Thursday.

According to a complaint filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the defendants allegedly entered the Senate Building through a broken window at around 2:13 p.m. on Jan. 6 and Kevin Seefried was photographed holding a Confederate battle flag inside the Capitol Building soon afterward.

While in the building, both men were part of a larger group of individuals “who verbally confronted several U.S. Capitol police officers for approximately 15 minutes.

“During this time, video footage from the U.S. Capitol Police shows Hunter Seefried using a phone to take a selfie photograph or video at approximately 2:29 p.m,” according to allegations filed by the FBI.

Citing video footage, the FBI claimed the father and son apparently left the Capitol at approximately 2:36 p.m. from the Senate Carriage Door.

According to court documents, identification came “after the FBI received a report from a coworker of Hunter Seefried relaying that Hunter Seefried had bragged about being in the Capitol with his father on January 6, 2021. …”

The FBI conducted separate, voluntary interviews with the Seefrieds on Tuesday, according to court documents.

“Both defendants confirmed their participation in the events at the Capitol as discussed herein,” the FBI stated.

“Kevin Seefried also explained that he brought the Confederate Battle flag (referenced as evidence by the FBI) to the District of Columbia from his home in Delaware where it is usually displayed outside.

“Defendant Kevin Seefried told 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 participated in a march from the White House to the Capitol led by an individual with a bull horn.”

An FBI agent said review of video posted on Twitter, “shows Hunter Seefried punching out glass in a window in the Capitol complex after people adjacent to him in the crowd broke it with a wooden 2 by 4.

“Kevin Seefried confirmed to law enforcement agents that Hunter Seefried was asked by an individual unknown to the Seefrieds to assist with clearing the window because Hunter Seefried was wearing gloves. After Hunter Seefried complied, people from the crowd outside, to include the Seefrieds, were able to access the interior of the Capitol Building.

The cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, according to a news release. The cases are being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the U.S. Capitol Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department.

Assistance was provided by Assistant United States Attorney Adrienne Dedjinou of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office noted that, “Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”