The FBI has arrested an Arkansas man who was seen sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office after the storm of the Capitol by a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump.
An Arkasus man was arrested sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office after a storm of the Capitol by a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump, officials announced.
Richard Barnett turned himself in front of FBI agents at the Benton County Sheriff Office in Bentonville, Arkansas, FBI Little Rock spokesman Conor Hagan said. Hagen said Barnett is in jail in Washington’s County Detection Center, Fateville, Arkansas, pending an initial court appearance. There is no lawyer listed for Barnett in the online jail records.
Top Deputy Federal Prosecutor Ken Kohl in Washington said Barnett was charged with entering Pelosi’s office, where he “left the note and deleted some of Speer’s mail.” At 60, Barnett faces three federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted basis without authority; Violent penetration and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; And theft of public property or records. If convicted, he faces up to a year in federal prison.
Authorities say Barnett was among Trump’s supporters who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. Protests and violence killed five people, including a Capitol police officer.
Authorities said in court documents that they were able to identify Barnett in part through photographs taken by the news media when he was inside the building. Authorities also used video surveillance from inside the Capitol and Barnett gave a video interview to a New York Times reporter in which he said, “I didn’t steal (an envelope).” … I put a quarter on her desk, even though she doesn’t deserve it.
Barnett is from Gravette in northwestern Arkansas. He has made a mark on social media as a Trump supporter and gun rights advocate.
Jim Parsons, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served as a Green Beret in Vietnam, told the Associated Press that he had been a guest speaker at a couple of “patriotic gatherings” in which Barnett also attended. Parsons said Barnett had an AR-15 rifle “to make sure things stay quiet.” He called Barnett “a good man”. He is a patriot. “
One of the groups that Barnett believes is “The Face Mask is a dress rehearsal that’s going to come. … It will end with a chip in the forehead,” said Parsons, who plays Bella Vista, Arkansas Is from
Gravett Mayor Kurt Maddox said Barnett’s photo in Pelosi’s office has belittled his small town and threatened some residents. The FBI has taken such threats very seriously.
The story was correct to show that Richard Barnett surrendered to authorities in Bentonville, Arkansas. An earlier version stated that he was arrested in Little Rock.