The rioter who gloated as he sat at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk — and a West Virginia lawmaker who filmed himself storming the US Capitol — were among those arrested Friday, authorities said.
Richard Barnett — who was caught in a now-infamous viral photo lounging back in Pelosi’s chair in her private congressional office with his feet up on her desk after he and the pro-Trump mob infiltrated the building — turned himself into a local sheriff’s office in Arkansas in the morning, said Fox affiliate KNWA.
Barnett, 60, was charged with federal counts including violent entry, theft of public property, disorderly conduct and entering and remaining on restricted grounds, CNN said.
In addition to illegally entering the building and speaker’s office, Barnett allegedly stole a letter from Pelosi meant for US Rep. Bill Long (R-Mo.). . .
Meanwhile, West Virginia delegate Derrick Evans — who recorded himself inside the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday shouting, “We’re in, baby!’’ — was federally charged with entering a restricted area, the Justice Department said.
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