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Man arrested in Eau Claire for ‘Capitol violence’ charged, not allowed back in DC

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(WQOW) – A man arrested in Eau Claire for his alleged involvement in "violence at the U.S. Capitol" was in front of a federal judge on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Kevin Daniel Loftus was arrested in Eau Claire on Tuesday.

He made his first appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker on Tuesday where a number of release conditions were set.

Prosecutors said keeping him out of Washington next week for Joe Biden's inauguration is a concern.

The judge ordered Loftus is not allowed to travel outside of Chippewa or Eau Claire counties unless he needs to go to Madison for a court appearance on Friday at noon. The judge said if technology allows, Loftus can make his next appearance from Eau Claire County, otherwise he will need to go to Madison.

Loftus is not to consume alcohol or possess a gun.

His attorney Peter Moyers did not object to any of the conditions.

Loftus, who was handcuffed, spoke only three words “Yes, your honor” when Judge Stephen Crocker spoke directly to him.

Once Loftus signs his release order he will be released, which is expected to be on Tuesday.

Judge Crocker explained the risk of breaking his conditions.

"If you screw up, I will detain you," Crocker said, to which Loftus nodded.

Wisconsin court records show that during a 2019 divorce, Loftus was a resident of Chippewa Falls. In court documents, it showed that his last known residence was an Eau Claire motel.

The complaint has 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.

One of the posts said that 'i am wanted by the FBI for illegal entry."

The criminal complaint said that two charges were filed against Loftus-one for Kowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority and Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds.

News App viewers can read the criminal complaint here



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