FBI arrests Arkansas man facing charges in US Capitol riot accused of beating DC officer with American flag

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WASHINGTON – Court documents have revealed that a second Arkansas man is among those facing charges in connection to last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.

 A criminal arrest warrant filed in the Washington charges Peter Francis Stager.

FBI arrived at a home in Conway Thursday evening thought to be connected to Stager, calling to the house from a bullhorn that they have a warrant for the occupant’s arrest.

Shortly after 7 p.m., FBI Special Agent William Kennedy said that Stager gave himself up to federal and local law enforcement.

Kennedy said that a warrant for his arrest was issued sometime mid-afternoon.

He said that if anyone has any more information or tips for the FBI to call 1-800 FBI-TIPS, or the local field office at 501-221-9100.

Kennedy finished with a statement to the public “if you were there committing a crime expect this at your own house.”

Authorities said Stager was seen in videos post to social media of the riot in which he was holding an American flag on a pole, using that pole as a weapon to strike a member of the Washington Metro Police Department who was working to secure the building.

Investigators claim a second video shows Stager saying, “Everybody in there is a treasonous traitor. Death is the only remedy for what’s in that building,” referring to the lawmakers in the U.S. Capitol.

A witness told the investigators that Stager said he did not realize the person he was hitting with the flagpole was a police officers, believing instead that the person was “ANTIFA.”

Authorities, however, said that photos of the events clearly show markings identifying the victim as an officer with the MPD.

The witness said Stager claimed that he wanted to apologize for his behavior and planned to turn himself into authorities, and only made the comments he did on camera because he had been hit with pepper spray.

Authorities used Arkansas state records to identify Stager. It is expected that he will face charges of obstructing a federal officer, civil disorder and other crimes.

In addition to Stager, Gravette resident Richard Barnett is also in federal custody in connection with the riot.

Barnett made headlines after breaking into the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, sitting at a desk in the office and taking mail from the desk.

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