A man pictured lounging with his foot on the desk in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Washington, as part of a pro-Trump mob that breached security and ransacked the U.S. Capitol was arrested on Friday.
Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas, was arrested in that state and, along with West Virginia State Representative Derrick Evans, also arrested, faces federal charges arising from the siege of the Capitol on Wednesday, have said federal prosecutors. .
Barnett was arrested on federal charges of restricted entry and stay, violent entry and theft of public property, according to a Department of Justice official, NBC reported.
Additionally, Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen announced that the FBI will team up with the Washington DC Metropolitan Police to jointly investigate the death of New Jersey veteran, Capitol Constable Brian Sicknick.
He died of injuries sustained while defending the Capitol, where he was reportedly hit on the head with a fire extinguisher.
The FBI has appealed to the public for help in identifying those who took part in the riot, who are at risk of arrest and trial.
“Just because you’ve left the DC area, you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out you were part of the criminal activity on Capitol Hill,” said Steven D’Antuono, deputy director of the FBI field office in Washington. charge, during a telephone press briefing on Friday.
Barnett spoke to a New York Times reporter shortly after storming Congress, where thin security was breached Wednesday afternoon as hundreds charged into the building after attending a rally where Donald Trump encouraged the group to go to Capitol Hill to try to overturn the election he lost to Joe Biden.
Barnett said he stole an envelope from the Speaker’s desk in the Democratic House.
“I didn’t steal it,” Barnett told the reporter. “I put a quarter [25c] on her desk, although not worth it, and I left a note on her desk that said, “Nancy, Bigo [his nickname] was there, bitch. ”
Barnett runs a gun rights group in Arkansas and, according to the Washington Post, identified himself as a white nationalist in a Facebook post days before the riot.
Derrick Evans, a newly elected Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, which is part of the state legislature, has been taken into federal custody, along with a reporter from the local NBC affiliate, WSAZ. share a video of the event.
On Wednesday, Evans reportedly filmed himself storming the Capitol, shouting, “Here we are!” Keep moving, baby!
Ken Kohl, a federal prosecutor, said Evans was facing criminal charges after apparently “recording himself storming the Capitol.”