Update: Charges filed against Eau Claire man related to U.S. Capitol riot
MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — A Wisconsin man appeared at 3 p.m. Tuesday in federal court after he was arrested in Eau Claire on charges related to the violence last week at the U.S. Capitol building.
Kevin Daniel Loftus made his initial appearance in front of Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds.
He was issued a release order with conditions that he not leave Chippewa or Eau Claire counties and that he not possess firearms or alcohol.
Federal prosecutor Elizabeth Altman asked for the travel restrictions and for the judge to consider GPS monitoring.
“Obviously, one of the concerns is keeping him out of D.C. next week,” she said.
According to the criminal complaint, Loftus was identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigations via a social media photo. Loftus was seen in a brown coat with a hat, glasses and backpack, as well as an American flag. He posted the photo, saying “One of 700 inside” and “That’s right folks some of us are in it to win it.”
He later added, “i am wanted by the FBI for illegal entry .”
Loftus will appear by video in front of a D.C. court on Friday.
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