Report: Conway man accused of beating Capitol police officer to be held without bond

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

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT/KATV/KARK) - A Conway man who is accused of beating a police officer in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol will be held without bond, according to content partner KARK.

KARK reported that Peter Stager appeared in court Friday.

A judge said the decision was due to a belief that Stager may be a risk to the community.

Also, KATV reporter Shelby Rose said on social media that Stager will be staying in custody.

KATV also reported that a federal judge said in the hearing that Stager demonstrated that he had a “trigger” for violence according to video seen in the case.

Stager, who was arrested in connection with the assault of a police officer with a flagpole during the riot at the U.S. Capitol, made his first federal court appearance on Tuesday.

According to KARK, Peter Francis Stager appeared virtually in court and was awaiting a bond hearing Friday.

Stager was arrested on Jan 14. in Conway on a federal warrant in the case.

KARK reported that the FBI showed up at a Conway home believed to be connected to Stager.

According to content partner KATV, Stager is facing a charge of obstructing, impeding or interfering with a law enforcement officer lawfully engaged in the performance of his duties during the commission of a civil disorder.

KATV reported that Stager was identified after videos of the attack were posted on Twitter.

“One of the videos shows him repeatedly striking a Washington, D.C. police officer with a pole affixed to the U.S. flag. The officer had fallen on the ground while being attacked by a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters,” KATV reported.

Stager was also seen on one of the videos, saying “Everybody in there is a treasonous traitor. Death is the only remedy for what’s in that building,” KATV reported.

Federal authorities were able to use Arkansas motor vehicle records to identify Stager.

Federal authorities also arrested a second Arkansas man, Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, in connection with the Jan. 6 riot.

Region 8 News will have more details as they become available.

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