Police arrested the man depicted in photos lounging behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during Wednesday’s Capitol seige, authorities said.
Richard Barnett, 60, of Arkansas, is accused of entering and remaining on restricted grounds and is also charged with theft. He was photographed holding mail from Pelosi’s desk.
The self-employed contractor, nicknamed “Bigo” bragged on camera Wednesday outside the Capitol about how he was escorted out, but not arrested. Barnett is a Trump supporter and attended a “Stop the Steal” rally in Northwest Arkansas in November.
He’s from Gravette, population 2,300 northwest of Fayetteville and has a long history of financial woes, according to online records. That includes hardship brought on by COVID-19, leading Barnett to tap a government relief program meant to help struggling businesses amid the pandemic.
Derrick Evans, a West Virginia legislator who recorded himself storming the Capitol, was charged with illegally entering the building, authorities announced Friday.
“We are far from done. The rioting and destruction we saw will not be tolerated by the FBI … We will continue to investigate all allegations of criminal activity,” said Steven D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington office. “Just because you’ve left the D.C. region, you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out that you were part of the criminal activity at the Capitol.”
Authorities also announcedcharges for Lonnie Coffman, of Falkville, Alabama on Friday.
Federal prosecutors say Coffman had 11 Molotov cocktail devices “ready to go” when he was arrested during the breach and riot at the Capitol on Wednesday. The homemade explosives contained gasoline and materials amounting to “homemade napalm.”
In a Department of Justice press call on Friday, prosecutors revealed authorities responding to a separate report of possible pipe bombs found a pickup with Alabama plates.
Inside were the Molotov cocktails, an M4 carbine and two handguns. Coffman faces firearm charges and a charge of possession of a destructive device. DOJ prosecutors said Friday Coffman has already appeared in court.
A charging affidavit filed Friday revealed Coffman was actually apprehended trying to return to his truck, despite a significant police perimeter surrounding the area, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.
The bombs were constructed from Mason jars, golf tees and cloth rags, according to court documents.
A woman drove Coffman up to the 400 block of First Street Southeast, a block away from Coffman’s parked truck, around 6:30 p.m. Coffman told officers at the scene he was trying to get back to his parked vehicle.
Officers asked Coffman if he “would step out of the vehicle so that they could assist him further with locating his vehicle.”
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said Friday the Justice Department would “spare no resources in holding accountable those responsible” for the murder of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick. No arrests have been made in that specific incident.