EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) An Eau Claire man was arrested yesterday on charges related to last week’s violent attack at the U.S. Capitol. First News at Nine’s Hayley Spitler explains what led federal agents to the Chippewa Valley.
52-year-old Kevin Loftus didn’t make it hard for the FBI to find him. He’s charged with two federal misdemeanors. Those counts are knowingly entering or remaining on any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds.
This is a picture the FBI says Loftus posted on Facebook, writing in the post quote, “One of 700 inside.” and “That’s right. Some of us are in it to win it.”
Charging documents claim in another social media post, he identifies himself as being quote wanted by the FBI for illegal entry.
In his interview with the FBI, agents say Loftus admitted to walking inside the capitol on January 6 and taking pictures while walking around. Loftus is one of more than 70 people charged by the Department of Justice and the FBI.
Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney explains these cases tend to start with simple charges.
“Those cases were opened on those initial charges. We also had several firearm charges. We also had several felony charges that were opened with assault and battery. Legal felonious possession of weapons, however, want to clarify a misconception, this is only the beginning. These criminal charges are filed via criminal complaints, which allows us, that allows law enforcement across the united states to arrest people. Now after those charges are filed, we have the ability to indict these individuals on more significant charges,” said Sherwin.
Loftus was allowed to leave the courthouse. While he’s awaiting trial, Loftus will be required to wear an ankle monitor, limit his travel, is banned from using guns and attending protests in-person.
He’s expected back in court Friday.
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