The FBI on Friday arrested an Arkansas guy who was photographed sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosis place of work pursuing the storming of the Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters, authorities announced.
Richard Barnett was arrested in Little Rock, in accordance to Ken Kohl, the top deputy federal prosecutor in Washington.
Kohl stated Barnett was billed for getting into Pelosis workplace, in which he still left a be aware and taken out some of the speakers mail. Barnett, 60, faces three federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in restricted grounds devoid of authority violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and theft of general public home or information. If convicted, he faces up to a calendar year in federal prison.
He was remaining held in the Washington County Jail in Arkansas. Jail data did not checklist an attorney for him.
Authorities say Barnett was amongst supporters of Trump who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. 5 people died due to the fact of the protest and violence, such as a Capitol law enforcement officer.
Authorities explained in courtroom files that they were being ready to recognize Barnett in element as a result of photographs taken by news media when he was inside the constructing. Authorities also made use of movie surveillance from within the Capitol and a online video job interview Barnett gave to a New York Situations reporter in which he mentioned, I did not steal (an envelope). … I place a quarter on her desk, even even though she aint (expletive) worthy of it.
Barnett is from Gravette in northwest Arkansas. He has determined himself on social media as a Trump supporter and gun legal rights advocate.
Jim Parsons, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served in Vietnam as a Environmentally friendly Beret, instructed The Affiliated Push that he has been a guest speaker at a couple of patriotic gatherings that Barnett also attended. Barnett experienced an AR-15 rifle with him to make guaranteed points stay tranquil, Parsons said. He identified as Barnett a excellent person. Hes patriotic.
One particular of the teams that Barnett belongs to thinks a confront mask is a gown rehearsal for whats to arrive. Itll conclude up with a chip in the forehead, said Parsons, who is from Bella Vista, Arkansas.
Gravette Mayor Kurt Maddox said the picture of Barnett in Pelosi’s office environment has brought his little town unwelcome consideration and some people have obtained threats.