Wisconsin man arrested for ties to US Capitol riot

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Violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. It's been a stunning day as a number of lawmakers and then the mob of protesters tried to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A Wisconsin man who posted on Facebook that he was among those wanted for illegally entering the U.S. Capitol during last week’s riot has been arrested in Eau Claire and faces charges in federal court.

Kevin Daniel Loftus is scheduled to make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin at 3 p.m., according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He was arrested for illegally entering either house of Congress, or adjacent areas, and disorderly conduct on the grounds of the Capitol.

The complaint shows pictures posted on Facebook and other social media sources of the man identified as Loftus holding an American flag and smiling inside the Capitol in the halls of Congress.

In the wake of the riot at the Capitol, multiple federal law enforcement agencies have pushed for arrests and charges for those involved. To date, authorities have arrested people in Arizona, Florida and Iowa, among other states.