Delaware father, son arrested for pro-Trump Capitol riot involvement
The man caught a Confederate flag inside the U.S. in viral photos During the riot last week, the Capitol building told federal authorities that he typically flies the Civil War battle flag outside his home in Laurel, Delaware.
Kevin Seefried and his son, Hunter, were arrested Thursday, more than a week after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building, and appeared in federal court in Wilmington to face charges arising from the Capitol uprising.
Kevin Seefried, a Confederate flag-holding Laurel resident, and Seefried's son, Hunter, wearing a baseball cap, were described as supporters of President Donald Trump facing the U.S. Capitol Police officers inside the Capitol outside the Senate Chamber, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Both face numerous federal charges, including entry into a restricted building, as well as violent entry and disorderly activity on the grounds of the Capitol. Court records show the Hunter still faces charges of stealing state property.
On Thursday afternoon, the men appeared for brief hearings separately. They talked little, mostly answering the questions of the magistrate with "yes, sir".
Magistrate Judge Christopher J. Burke read allegations regarding the actions of the men to ensure that the charges against them are understood.
Court records, citing video evidence, state that the Seefrieds reached the Capitol building through a window that Hunter helped crack at around 2:13 p.m., after hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump invaded the building where lawmakers certified the votes of the Electoral College from the November victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Kevin and Hunter Seefried were in a big group that some U.S. "verbally confronted" Officers of the Capitol Police, court papers state. In video footage, Hunter Seefried is seen taking a "selfie photograph," according to records.
At 2:36 p.m., according to court records, the Seefrieds left the Capitol building.
The FBI, which circulated the picture of Kevin Seefried on social media, was tipped off to the father and son by Hunter Seefried's co-worker, who told law enforcement officials that, according to court records, Hunter Seefried "bragged about being in the capitol with his father," A lawyer representing Hunter Seefried at the hearing confirmed that his client had "lost his job recently."
On Tuesday, both Kevin and Hunter Seefried engaged in "voluntary" FBI interviews and reported their presence at the Capitol, investigators said. Kevin Seefried told authorities that he carried the Confederate flag from his home in Laurel, where it normally flies outside.
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Court papers contain a photo taken from a video that officials say shows Hunter Seefried smashing a Capitol glass window.
Depending on whether they are actually charged as felonies or misdemeanors, the possible penalties for the crimes against the Seefrieds differ greatly. All in all, according to comments made at the hearing on Tuesday, the men could face more than a decade in prison, as well as $250,000 in fines.
Burke named federal public defenders to represent both of them after examining the financial credentials of the pair.
As the trials awaited, the magistrate allowed the two to be released. He enforced conditions of release such as location surveillance, ordered them not to leave the state unless it is for court, and gave them restricted access for purposes other than work, worship or medical needs to leave their homes.
Although their first appearance was in Delaware, in a federal court in Washington, it is probable that the case against them will continue from here. They were told on Thursday to plan to appear in Washington during the last week of January on a day not yet decided.
Last week, the riot at the U.S. Capitol left five people dead. On one article of inciting the riot, President Trump was impeached Wednesday.
Ahead of next week's inauguration, security in Washington has been significantly improved. Members of the National Guard from many states, including Delaware, are in the district.
The Seefrieds live between Gumboro and Trap Pond State Park near the state line of Maryland in southern Sussex County. The area's houses are clustered between stretches of woods and farm fields. Some are big and newly constructed, while others are ramshackle. Most of them are in between somewhere.
At one point, a construction firm, K&E Construction LLC, was registered under the name of Kevin Seefried, although the business license linked to a different Laurel address appears to have lapsed.
A common sight in rural Sussex County, the Seefried house sits next to a dilapidated chicken house. There was no Confederate flag or Trump paraphernalia adorning Thursday's home.
Kevin Seefried informed the authorities that the Confederate flag he had brought to the Capitol would normally fly outside his home, but the flag pole was bare in front of his building.
Thursday, reporters outside the Seefried home were advised to leave because there were children inside. At the next door building, no one answered the door. After a recent fire, staff were cleaning up at another nearby home. They said someone had fallen asleep with a lit cigarette.
A neighbor refused to comment just around the corner, on Arvey Lane. He came out and shook her away when another reporter went to his door.
However, Gail Defelice came to the door of her home on Arvey Road and said she only met once or twice with the Seefrieds when their dog got out. A truck pulled up and the occupants were identified as her sons by Defelice.
"One said, "Nice people," when asked if they knew the Seefrieds, but refused to give his name.