Photo of man on Pelosi’s desk, others arrested after Capitol siege

Police arrested the man in photos lounging behind the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Capitol siege on Wednesday, authorities said.

Richard Barnett, 60, of Arkansas, is charged with entering and staying on restricted grounds and is also charged with theft. He was pictured holding mail from Pelosi’s office.

The independent entrepreneur, nicknamed “Bigo”, bragged on camera Wednesday outside the Capitol of how he was escorted, but not arrested. Barnett is a Trump supporter and attended a “Stop the Steal” rally in northwest Arkansas in November.

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He is from Gravette, a population of 2,300 northwest of Fayetteville and has a long history of financial hardship, according to online archives. This includes the hardships brought on by COVID-19, which led Barnett to operate a government relief program intended to help struggling businesses amid the pandemic.

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