Delaware father, son arrested for involvement in pro-Trump Capitol riot
Two Delaware men were arrested Thursday for their involvement in last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Kevin Seefried and his son, Hunter Seefried, both of Laurel, appeared in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday to face charges stemming from the Capitol insurrection.
Kevin Seefried was captured in many photographs inside the Capitol carrying a Confederate flag.
Court documents, citing video footage, say the Seefrieds entered the Capitol building through a window that Hunter helped break at about 2:13 p.m., after hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building where lawmakers were certifying the electoral college votes from President-elect Joe Biden's November win.
Court documents say Kevin and Hunter were in a large group that "verbally confronted" several U.S. Capitol Police officers. Documents say Hunter is seen in video footage taking a "selfie photograph."
The Seefrieds left the Capitol building at 2:36 p.m., according to court documents.
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The FBI, which circulated Kevin's image on social media, was tipped off to the father and son from a co-worker of Hunter, who told law enforcement officials that Hunter "bragged about being in the capitol with his father," according to court documents.
Both Kevin and Hunter participated in "voluntary" interviews with the FBI on Tuesday and confirmed their attendance at the Capitol, investigators said. Kevin told authorities he brought the Confederate flag from his Laurel home, where it is usually flying outside. He told authorities that he traveled to Washington with his family to listen to Trump speak. Kevin and Hunter participated in the march to the Capitol "led by an individual with a bullhorn," court documents say.
Court documents include an image taken from a video that officials say shows Hunter Seefried breaking a glass window of the Capitol building.
Kevin and Hunter are being charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and one count of depredation of government property.
The riot at the U.S. Capitol last week left five people dead. President Donald Trump was impeached Wednesday on one article of inciting the riot.
Security in Washington has been greatly increased ahead of next week's inauguration. National Guard members from multiple states, including Delaware, are in the district.
A construction business, K&E Construction LLC, was at one point registered in Kevin Seefried's name, though it appears the business license linked to a separate Laurel address has lapsed.
The Seefrieds live in southern Sussex County between Gumboro and Trap Pond State Park near the Maryland state line. Houses in the area are grouped together between stretches of woods and farm fields. Some are large and recently built, others are ramshackle. Most of them are somewhere in between.
The Seefried house sits next to a dilapidated chicken house, a common sight in rural Sussex County. There was no Confederate flag or Trump paraphernalia adorning the home Thursday.
Reporters outside the Seefried home Thursday were told to leave because children were inside. No one answered the door at the house next door. At the next house, workers were cleaning up after a recent fire. They said someone had fallen asleep with a lit cigarette.
Just around the corner, on Arvey Road, a neighbor declined to comment. When another reporter went to his door, he came out and shooed her away.
Gail Defelice came to the door of her Arvey Road home. She said she's only interacted with the Seefrieds once or twice, when their dog got out. A truck pulled up and Defelice identified the occupants as her sons.
When asked if they knew the Seefrieds, one said, “Good people,” but declined to give his name.
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