The man photographed casually sitting with his foot on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk as the Capitol was being ransacked was arrested today.
According to a Department of Justice official, Richard Barnett of Gravette, Arkansas, was taken into custody in his home state on charges of;
- entering and remaining on restricted grounds
- violent entry
- theft of public property
Images of Barnett were splashed across social media on Wednesday, just as Democratic and Republican lawmakers convened to certify the Electoral College votes.
Trump told his supporters to swarm the Capitol in defiance of the election results.
A New York Times reporter tweeted that he spoke with Barnett after his stunt in Pelosi’s office. In a video, he boasts that he took a personalized envelope, but insisted he didn’t steal it,
“I left a quarter on her desk.”
Barnett also said that he knocked politely on the door to the California Democrat’s office, but was then swept inside by other rioters who had breached the Capitol. He said he left a “nasty note” as well, using an expletive to refer to Pelosi.
“I’ll probably be telling them this is what happened all the way to the D.C. jail.’
Mayor Kurt Maddox of Gravette, Arkansas, said the photos have brought threats and other unwelcome attention to his small, rural community,
“It’s a shame something like this is what puts you in the public eye.
This is not the city of Gravette. This one person is not who Gravette is and not who the people are.”
The FBI is requesting the public’s help in identifying other Trump supporters who unlawfully invaded the Capitol for about four hours.
So far, dozens of arrests have been made, including 41 people who were at the Capitol grounds late Wednesday and early Thursday, according to D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department.
BREAKING: Richard Barnett, who was seen sitting at a desk in Speaker Pelosi’s office, has been arrested in Arkansas and charged with entering and remaining on restricting grounds, violent entry, and theft of public property, @PeteWilliamsNBC reports. https://t.co/Fa09m1BxIY pic.twitter.com/7ksltbc3rT— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 8, 2021
BREAKING NEWS (MSNBC): Insurrectionist Richard Barnett Arrested*— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 8, 2021
*Barnett allegedly breached and "looted" (NYT) House Speaker Pelosi's office, left her a threatening note, and sat at her desk. The picture of him sitting there has become an infamous marker of Trump's Rebellion. pic.twitter.com/YwMgGz21w1
That’s Richard “Bigo” Barnett, 60, from Gravette, Ak., showing off the personalized 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
Mug shot, Washington County Detention Center.
(via NBC News)