The Justice Department says Richard Barnett, identified as the man who sat at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the siege of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists, has been arrested.
Barnett was taken into custody in his home state of Arkansas. His identity and place of residence became a hot topic of discussion online, sparked by the striking photo of him with his feet up on the desk.
Other figures who made headlines at the riot are also now facing charges — including West Virginia state Del. Derrick Evans, a Republican who took office one month ago. Evans streamed video from the Capitol that was widely seen on his Facebook page, showing him on the grounds and just outside the building.
A signed complaint charges Evans with entering a restricted area, Justice Department officials said.
Barnett is being held at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Fayetteville, Ark., according to Charlie Robbins of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas.
Outrage over the photo and the insurrection in the seat of U.S. democracy triggered a harsh backlash against Barnett’s hometown of Gravette, according to Mayor Kurt Maddox.
Officials have been monitoring the situation closely, the mayor said.
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SOURCE: NPR, Bill Chappell