Richard Barnett of Gravette, Arkansas will not go down as one of the more intelligent criminals of all time. The 60-year old fan of President Trump became famous on Wednesday, as he was one of the protesters that broke through security, and made it inside the Capitol building. Barnett made it all the way to Nancy Pelosi’s office, and a photograph of Barnett with his feet on her desk went viral. He was arrested Friday, and taken into custody in Arkansas, and is expected to be extradited to Washington, D.C.
Barnett is in serious trouble. He is charged with violent entry and theft of public property, among other charges. He’s also accused of taking a letter from Pelosi’s office during the riot on Wednesday. “The lawless destruction of the U.S. Capitol building was an attack against one of our Nation’s greatest institutions,” Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said.
“My office, along with our law enforcement partners at all levels, have been expeditiously working and leveraging every resource to identify, arrest, and begin prosecuting these individuals who took part in the brazen criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol.
Officials said Barnett had an AR-15 rifle with him at the rally. He’s one of at least 13 people charged in federal court in relation to Wednesday’s riots.