An Arkansas man accused of beating a police officer with a pole flying a U.S. flag during last Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol has been arrested, as has a Delaware man photographed carrying a Confederate battle flag during the deadly insurrection.
In an arrest affidavit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington, an FBI agent said Peter Francis Stager, the Arkansas man, is shown in video and photographs striking a prone police officer repeatedly with a flagpole with an American flag attached after rioters dragged the officer down the Capitol’s west stairs.
The affidavit says confidential informants recognized Stager in riot video and photographs and alerted authorities, who have charged Stager with interfering with law-enforcement officers during a civil disorder.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock confirmed Stager was in custody Thursday. No attorney was listed for Stager in court records.
Prosecutors say the Delaware man photographed brandishing the Confederate flag was arrested after authorities used that widely shared image to help identify him.
Federal prosecutors say Kevin Seefried was arrested in Delaware along with his son Hunter Seefried. Prosecutors say both entered the Senate building through a broken window.
They were charged with unlawfully entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and degradation of government property.
Court documents say the men were identified after the FBI was told by a co-worker of Hunter Seefried’s that he had bragged about being in the Capitol with his father. NBC reported learning that the Confederate flag brought to Washington is usually flown outside the family home in Delaware.
No one answered the phone Thursday afternoon at a number listed for the Seefrieds.