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.
Derrick Evans, a West Virginia lawmaker who recorded himself storming the Capitol, has been charged with illegally entering the building, authorities said on Friday.
“We are far from finished. The riots and destruction we have seen will not be tolerated by the FBI… We will continue to investigate all allegations of criminal activity, ”said Steven D’Antuono, deputy director in charge of the FBI office in Washington. . “Just because you’ve left the DC area, you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out you were part of the criminal activity on Capitol Hill.” “
Authorities also announced charges for Lonnie Coffman, of Falkville, Alabama, on Friday.
Federal prosecutors say Coffman had 11 “ready-made” Molotov cocktails when he was arrested in the breach and riot on the Capitol on Wednesday. The homemade explosives contained gasoline and materials equivalent to “homemade napalm”.
During a Justice Department press call on Friday, prosecutors revealed that authorities responding to a separate report of possible homemade bombs had found a pickup truck with Alabama license plates.
Inside were the Molotov cocktails, an M4 rifle and two handguns. Coffman faces firearms charges and one charge of possession of a destructive device. DOJ prosecutors said on Friday Coffman had already appeared in court.
An arraignment affidavit filed on Friday revealed that Coffman had in fact been apprehended returning to his truck, despite a significant police perimeter surrounding the area, the Montgomery announcer reported.
The bombs were constructed from mason jars, golf t-shirts and cloth rags, court documents show.
A woman drove Coffman to the 400 block of First Street Southeast, one block from the parked Coffman truck, around 6:30 p.m. Coffman told police at the scene that he was trying to get back to his parked vehicle.
Officers asked Coffman if he “would get out of the vehicle so that he could further assist him in locating his vehicle.”
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said on Friday the Justice Department “will spare no resources to hold those responsible” to account for the murder of US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick. No arrests were made in connection with this specific incident.