Delaware woman claims she submitted tips to FBI about Laurel men involved in Capitol riots
DELAWARE – A Laurel father and son confessed to the FBI they were among those who took part in last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The pair turned themselves in to authorities on Thursday morning.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. tells 47 ABC, Kevin Seefried and his son Hunter Seefried are both facing three charges related to their alleged roles in the riots. According to the FBI, both men broke into the Senate Building through a window and soon after Kevin was seen “parading through the halls with his Confederate flag.”
A woman who wishes to remain anonymous says she immediately tipped off the FBI after recognizing Laurel residents Kevin Seefried and Hunter Seefried in viral photos and videos from riots at the U.S. Capitol last week. “I saw it happen and I recognized the boy as soon as I saw it and then I saw the picture of the father and recognized him immediately,” she says. “Oh I was beyond angry. I think what they did is absolutely despicable.”
The FBI says they received a tip from Hunter Seefried’s coworker noting he bragged about being in the Capitol with his father. Kevin Seefried was identified by the FBI as the man seen parading a Confederate flag inside while Hunter Seefried was seen jumping through a broken glass window into the Senate Building.
“I was appalled. Laurel is a nice little town. And to see people acting like that and the level of racism in the area is way above what I thought it was,” the woman tells 47 ABC.
On Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced the father and son are both charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and one count of depredation of government property.
“I’m elated because every one of those people should be punished,” the woman tells 47 ABC.
Delaware Court records show Seefried lives on Whaleys Road in Laurel. In a Statement of Facts from the FBI, they say Seefried took the Confederate battle flag from the residence where he says it’s usually “displayed outside.”
47 ABC tried to speak with his neighbors about who he is and why he went to the Capitol. None wanted to go on camera.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware released the following statement: “Last week’s breach of the U.S. Capitol Building was nothing less than an assault on our democracy. Those who participated must be held accountable. As I have said previously, this office is committed to working with our partners at the Department of Justice to investigate, apprehend, and where appropriate prosecute Delawareans who committed criminal acts.”