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A brief hearing for Peter Stager, 41, of Conway, was held in Little Rock on Tuesday in front of Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray of the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Stager appeared via teleconference from the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility in Little Rock where he has been since last Thursday, Jan. 14, after he turned himself into FBI agents. He was represented in court by Conway attorney Lauren Elenbaas, who declined to comment when questioned by members of the press after the hearing.
The appearance was for Stager’s preliminary hearing and he will remain in custody until a bond hearing at 1 p.m. on Friday in Little Rock.
He was charged with obstructing law enforcement, a felony, for his role in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and in a widely viewed video posted to Twitter, he was seen repeatedly striking an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department with a flagpole on the stairs of the Capitol.
The complaint also identified Stager as saying in another video posted on Twitter that everyone in the Capitol “is a treasonous traitor” and that “death is the only remedy for what’s in that building.”
Stager, who was handcuffed as he cradled a telephone receiver to his ear, had cleaned up his appearance since Jan. 6 and had gotten a haircut, while having also trimmed his once lengthy beard.
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