Wisconsin man arrested in Eau Claire after being part of Capitol riot
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Less than a week after the U.S. Capitol riot, the FBI has opened over a hundred cases and is making arrests, including an Eau Claire man.
Fifty-two-year-old Kevin Loftus faces two misdemeanor charges for participating in the riot. The FBI found him through a tip and his own Facebook posts.
When you're wanted by the FBI for illegally storming the Capitol, posting pictures of yourself on Facebook doing it, would not be a wise decision.
The FBI said in court records that's what Kevin Loftus did, including his posts in the government's criminal complaint against him.
Court records show Loftus admitted to an agent he walking inside the Capitol last Wednesday.
"Since our call for tips, videos, and pictures, we have received more than 100,000 pieces of digital media which is absolutely fantastic, and we are scouring every one for investigative and intelligence leads," said Washington D.C. FBI Assistant Director Steven D'Antuono.
He said the FBI has opened 160 cases in the last week and are working 24/7 to investigate the riot.
"We're looking at everything from simple trespass to theft of mail to theft of digital devices within side the Capitol to assault on local officers, federal officers both inside and outside the Capitol," said Acting District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin.
The federal judge ordered Loftus to stay in the two Wisconsin counties where he lives and works. The judge also barred Loftus from attending any in-person protests while his case is ongoing. The FBI said its work is not close to finished.
"I want to stress that the FBI has a long memory and a broad reach. Agents and our partners are on the streets investigating leads not only here in the D.C. area but also across the country through the FBI's 56 field offices," said D'Antuono.
Loftus' next hearing is set for Friday at noon.