Man seen in viral photo at Nancy Pelosi’s office faces charges, officials say


Federal officials said Richard Barnett of Arkansas was taken into custody Friday morning in Little Rock.

Barnett has been charged with knowingly entering and staying in restricted buildings without permission, violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds as well as theft of public property, officials said.

An Alabama resident has also been charged with the homemade bomb found on the south side of the Capitol building. Eleven Molotov cocktails and a military-type weapon were found in his van, officials said.

“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 in charge. from the FBI field in Washington. Office.

“The FBI is sparing no resources in this investigation,” he said.

The Justice Department said on Friday that 13 people were facing federal charges stemming from Wednesday’s riot on Capitol Hill. Complete court files have not yet been made available to all defendants and only a handful of individuals have appeared in court. In addition to those charged, the Justice Department said additional complaints “have been lodged and investigations are ongoing.”

“The anarchic destruction of the US Capitol building was an attack on one of our nation’s greatest institutions,” Acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin said. “My office, along with our law enforcement partners at all levels, have worked swiftly and used all resources to identify, arrest and begin prosecuting those individuals who have taken part in the brazen criminal acts of the US Capitol.

It was not immediately clear if Barnett had a lawyer.

Barnett is being held by the FBI in Benton County, Arkansas, Lt. Shannon Jenkins, sheriff’s office information officer, confirmed to CNN.

“He’s in FBI custody. He was not registered in our establishment. He was taken to another facility and in the custody of the FBI, ”she said in an email.

When asked, Jenkins did not provide the name of the facility Barnett had been transferred to.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

CNN’s Jamiel Lynch contributed to this report.


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