A man photographed resting with his foot on a desk in the Washington office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as part of a pro-Trump mob that breached security and swept the U.S. Capitol was arrested Friday.
Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas, was detained there and, along with West Virginia State Representative Derrick Evans, who was also arrested, faces federal charges stemming from the siege of the Capitol on Wednesday, prosecutors said. federal. .
Barnett was arrested on federal charges of entering and staying on restricted land, trespassing and theft of public property, according to a Justice Department official. NBC reported.
In addition, Acting United States Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen announced that the FBI would join the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department to jointly investigate the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, a New Jersey military veteran.
He died of injuries sustained while defending the Capitol, where he was supposedly hit on the head with a fire extinguisher.
The FBI has called for the public to help identify those who participated in the riot, who are facing arrest and court.
“Just because you’ve left the DC region, you can still expect a knock on your door if we find out you were part of the criminal activity on Capitol Hill,” said Steven D’Antuono, assistant director of the FBI’s Washington field office at charge, at a telephone press conference on Friday.
Barnett spoke to a New York Times reporter shortly after breaking into Congress, where security was breached Wednesday afternoon when hundreds of people attacked the building after attending a rally at which Donald Trump encouraged the group to go. to the Capitol in an attempt to reverse the election he lost to Joe Biden.
Barnett related that he stole an envelope from the desk of the Speaker of the Democratic House.
“I didn’t steal it,” Barnett told the reporter. “I put a quarter [25c] on his desk, even though it’s not worth it, and I left a note on his desk that says, ‘Nancy, Bigo [his nickname] he was here, bitch. ‘
Barnett leads a gun rights group in Arkansas and, according to the washington post he had identified himself as a white nationalist in a Facebook post days before the riot occurred.
Derrick Evans, a newly elected Republican member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, part of the state legislature, was taken into federal custody, with a reporter from WSAZ, a local NBC affiliate. share a video of the event.
On Wednesday, Evans reportedly filmed himself storming the Capitol, yelling, “We’re in! Keep moving baby! “
Ken Kohl, a federal prosecutor, said Evans faces criminal charges after apparently “filming himself storming the Capitol.”
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