The Laurel man photographed carrying a Confederate flag in the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots was indicted this week along with son on counts of obstruction, entering restricted property, disorderly conduct and picketing in a capitol building.
Kevin Seefried and his son, Hunter, both face five counts in the indictment filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. Hunter faces three additional counts after he was seen in photos and videos damaging government property.
The Delaware men were arrested in mid-January after they turned themselves in to law enforcement officials in Delaware eight days after the Jan. 6 riot.
The grand jury document was filed Wednesday and made public Thursday. The indictment adds multiple charges to the Seefrieds, who initially appeared in a Wilmington courtroom in January. Their cases will proceed in federal court in Washington.
The men are among hundreds of people who have been charged for their actions at the Capitol building on Jan. 6, when supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the building as lawmakers were going though what is normally a ceremonial counting of electoral votes.
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
Kevin and Hunter Seefried were in a large group that “verbally confronted” several U.S. Capitol Police officers, court documents say. Hunter Seefried is seen in video footage taking a “selfie photograph,” documents say.
The Seefrieds left the Capitol building at 2:36 p.m., according to court documents.
The FBI, which circulated Kevin Seefried’s image on social media, was tipped off to the father and son from a co-worker of Hunter Seefried, who told law enforcement officials that Hunter Seefried “bragged about being in the Capitol with his father,” according to court documents. An attorney representing Hunter Seefried at the January hearing in Wilmington said his client had “recently lost his job.”
Both Kevin and Hunter Seefried participated in “voluntary” interviews with the FBI in January and confirmed their attendance at the Capitol, investigators said. Kevin Seefried 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 Seefried 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.
During their January court appearance in Wilmington, magistrate judge Christopher J. Burke released the Seefrieds after ordering location monitoring and telling the men not to leave the state – unless it’s for court – and granted them limited access to leave their homes for purposes other than work, worship or medical needs.
Delaware GOP chair Jane Brady said in January the Seefrieds were not involved in the group of people aboard six buses that took the trip to Washington on Jan. 6 and said she was not aware at the time of anyone from the trip involved in any investigation regarding the event at the Capitol.
In the months since his arrest, Kevin Seefried has been the subject of a misinformation campaign. Many right-wing websites and social media accounts have falsely shared that he is a registered Democrat. There is a Kevin Seefried registered as a Democrat in Delaware, but that registration is in New Castle County and for a person nearly 20 years younger than the Kevin Seefried arrested for Capitol riot actions.
More than 400 people from 45 states have been charged for their actions at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
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