The man who was photographed sitting at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s seat with his foot on her desk during Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol building has been arrested.
Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas, was taken into custody in his home state on charges of entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry, and theft of public property, in accordance with a Department of Justice official.
A New York Times reporter tweeted that he spoke with Barnett after his stunt in Pelosi’s office. In the video, he boasted about stealing a customized envelope but insisted he paid for it.
“I left a quarter on her desk,” he mentioned.
Barnett additionally claimed that he knocked politely on the door to the California Democrat’s office, however, was then swept inside by different rioters who had breached the Capitol.
That’s Richard “Bigo” Barnett, 60, from Gravette, Ak., showing off the customized envelope he took from Speaker Pelosi’s office. He insisted he didn’t steal it — “I left a quarter on her desk.” pic.twitter.com/aST7MCoRwP
— Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) January 6, 2021
He is one of a minimum of 26 individuals sought by the Police, which offered a reward of up to $1,000 for data that leads to their arrest and indictment.
Also charged Friday in connection with the rioting at the Capitol was a state lawmaker from West Virginia, Republican Del. Derrick Evans, who had recorded and then deleted a video of himself becoming a member of the crowd. A petition started for him to step down.
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