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The man pictured carrying a Confederate battle flag inside the U.S. Capitol during last week’s mob attack on the building in Washington, DC has been arrested.

The Department of Justice said Thursday Kevin Seefried, pictured holding the flag, was arrested in Delaware state along with his son Hunter Seefried, who was seen in video breaking through glass in the Capitol complex , the Reuters news agency reported.

The Seefries were charged with illegally entering a restricted-access building, violently entering and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds and damaging government property.

Separately on Thursday, the Justice Department confirmed to Reuters that a retired firefighter suspected of throwing a fire extinguisher at police during the attack had been arrested.

Robert Sanford, 55, of Chester, Pa., Will appear Thursday in a virtual hearing in federal court in Allentown, Pa., To face charges of illegal entry, civil unrest and assault, resistance or obstruction of the police.

According to court documents, Sanford was caught on camera throwing what appears to be a fire extinguisher at police.

“The object appears to hit an officer, who was wearing a helmet, on the head. The object then ricocheted and struck another officer, who was not wearing a helmet, in the head. The object then ricochets a third time and strikes a third officer, wearing a helmet, on the head, ”the documents indicate.

The Justice Department has brought more than 70 criminal cases to date since supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, trying to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the US presidential election.

Many of those arrested so far have been captured on social media bragging about their involvement in the assault, and the FBI has combed over 100,000 videos and photographs.

After the violence was quelled, most of the rioters were allowed to leave the Capitol, which meant law enforcement had to track them down in the days that followed.

One of those people was Hunter Ehmke, who was accused by the Justice Department on Thursday of damaging government property, obstructing official proceedings and violating the entrance.

According to court documents, a Capitol Police officer saw Ehmke smash a window on the Capitol and rushed at him with his shield to try to stop him.

The officer “lost hold of the shield and fell” on shards of glass, according to the documents. The police managed to stop Ehmke, but the crowd started to get aggressive and threatened the police if they took Ehmke away.

“Due to the increasing aggression from the large crowd which far exceeded the number of officers and the emergency situation at the time, the officers made the decision to allow Ehmke to leave on his own power”, according to the government’s statement of facts.

Ehmke was scheduled to appear in California Central District Court at 1:00 p.m. PST (9:00 p.m. GMT).

Far right movements

Some of those arrested appear to belong to far-right and white nationalist movements.

A man pictured wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt during the riot was arrested Wednesday in Virginia, authorities said.

Robert Keith Packer, 56, was arrested in Newport News, where he lives. He was charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, and illegally entering a restricted-access building.

Auschwitz was the Nazi extermination camp where at least 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were systematically killed during the Holocaust.

Others, including Jake Angeli, a horned and furry QAnon conspiracy theorist whose legal name is Jacob Anthony Chansley and is believed to be a US Navy veteran, were arrested last Saturday.

QAnon is a broad set of conspiracies that claim that Trump was chosen to defeat a “Deep State” cabal of liberal politicians and celebrities who engage in child sex trafficking and harvest their blood to stay young.

Richard Barnett, who was pictured in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and allegedly took some of her mail, was arrested and charged last Friday.

Richard Barnett sits on the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after supporters of US President Donald Trump breached the security of the US Capitol on January 6 [Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE]

Courts reinforced one of his charges Wednesday by entering a restricted-access building without legal authorization while carrying a dangerous weapon. The improvement is punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years.

Barnett also faces charges of theft of public property, violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.

White nationalist Tim Gionet, who goes by “Baked Alaska”, was seen inside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during one of his live broadcasts.

Arizona authorities alleged Gionet violated bail conditions by traveling to Washington for the riot.

Gionet faces charges over allegations he used a sledgehammer on a bouncer after being kidnapped from a bar in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was released without bail on condition that he agreed to stay in the state and obey the law.

Five people died as a result of the riot.

The deadly violence last week led to Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday by the House of Representatives for “incitement to insurgency.”


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