Capitol which is now surrounded by a seven-foot fence topped with spikes. Federal officials released additional details Friday about crimes for which several people now face charges following Wednesday’s riots and attacks on Capitol Hill, according to Fox News.

What's the situation so far?

• Five people died, including one Capitol Police officer, BBC reported.

• So far there have been at least 82 arrests

• Investigators in DC say they have received over 17,000 tips from the public on the rioters

• The FBI is offering a $50,000 (£37,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of an individual who planted pipe bombs at Democratic and Republican party headquarters

The suspected rioters

Pro-Trump supporter took seat in the office of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

A senior Justice Department official said that law enforcement took Richard Barnett, 60, into custody in Little Rock, Ark., after a viral photograph showed him sitting inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office with one leg resting on her desk.

He was expected to make a court appearance in Arkansas and will be extradited to Washington, D.C., the Justice Department said. After the break-in, Barnett, a resident of Gravette, Ark., told KFSM, the CBS affiliated TV station in Fort Smith, Ark., he was looking for the bathroom when he saw that the door to Pelosi’s office was open.

Richard Barnett, 60, allegedly broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during a riot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (- Washington County, Arkansas)
Richard Barnett, 60, allegedly broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during a riot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (- Washington County, Arkansas)

Richard Barnett, 60, allegedly broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during a riot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Richard Barnett, 60, allegedly broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during a riot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

He was charged with violent entry and theft of public property, among other things. Previous reports allege he took a letter from Pelosi's office.

Richard Barnett, a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, sits inside the office of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6.  (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images).
Richard Barnett, a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, sits inside the office of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images).

"The shocking images of Mr. Barnett with his boots up on a desk in the Speaker of the House’s office on Wednesday was repulsive," said Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. "Those who are proven to have committed criminal acts during the storming of the Capitol will face justice."

Investigators identified Barnett through Department of Motor Vehicle records and law enforcement databases they compared with photos that showed him in Pelosi's office, the Capitol Police Department said.

Richard Barnett, a supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, sits inside the office of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6.

Rioters enter Capitol illegally, bring weapons and carry out assaults

Trump supporters protest in front of the US Congress building in Washington D.C on January 6 - Photo: REUTERS
Trump supporters protest in front of the Capitol Hill in Washington D.C on January 6 - Photo: REUTERS

A second suspect, Lonnie Coffman, 70, Falkville, Ala., is accused of having two handguns, an M4 Carbine assault rifle, and 11 Molotov cocktails that included gasoline and apparent homemade napalm, the official said.

Coffman was identified after police linked him to a suspicious red GMC pick-up truck with Alabama plates. He remains in custody pending a Jan. 12 detention hearing.

Mark Leffingwell was also charged, accused of knowingly entering the restricted ground and assaulting an officer after he entered the Capitol. Court papers released Thursday in connection with his U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) arrest show Leffingwell repeatedly punched a USCP officer in the helmet and chest.

The fourth man is Christopher Michael Alberts, of Maryland, accused of illegally entering the Capitol while in possession of a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun, as well as a separate magazine filled with ammunition. USCP said Alberts, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, "immediately tried to flee" before police detained him, court papers show. He is accused of also having a pocketknife at the time.

Alberts told police he had the gun "for personal protection and he did not intend on using the firearm to harm anyone," court papers show.

A Republican delegate in the West Virginia Legislature named Derrick Evans will soon be charged in connection with his actions Wednesday, the senior official said.

Also charged was Cleveland Meredith, who is accused of making interstate threats to Pelosi. A federal judge denied him bail Friday, saying he has been charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition in connection with his actions during the Capitol riots.

His court-appointed attorney argued that he should be released pending trial because his client's actions weren't a "crime of violence." Meredith has a detention hearing Wednesday. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted on all charges and a $250,000 fine.

Joshua Pruitt and Matthew Council, of Florida, face charges for knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Council faces an additional charge of violent entry and disorderly conduct for allegedly pushing an officer.

Several others were charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority with intent to disrupt government business or official functions, and engaging in disorderly conduct and violent entry on Capitol grounds.

Those charged with such crimes were identified as Cindy Fitchett, of Virginia, Michael Curzio and Douglas Sweet, both of Florida, Bradley Ruskelas, of Illinois, Terry Brown, of Pennsylvania and Thomas Gallagher.

Officials previously announced the arrests of 82 individuals at the state, local and federal levels, according to reports.

FBI's wanted

The FBI’s Washington Field Office early Friday morning released 40 photos of people who still are wanted in connection with Wednesday’s events, Fox News reported.

The Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. said Friday morning that law enforcement agencies have received roughly 17,000 tips since releasing images of people wanted in connection with Wednesday's "insurrection."

Ken Kohl, a senior official in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said Friday investigators found "no indication" of Antifa involvement in Wednesday's riots. There also were no instances of members of the anti-fascism movement posing as Trump supporters to frame them.

When asked on Friday whether the U.S. Attorney's Office or the DOJ was looking at pursuing incitement charges against President Trump or any of his associates, a senior DOJ official responded: "We don’t expect any charges of that nature."

Photo: FBI.
Photo: FBI.

The FBI has set up a tip hotline and a website, letting members of the public know how to contact them with information about the people who stormed the US Congress, BBC cited.

Posters for the FBI's "Most Wanted Fugitives" were once plastered on the walls of post offices, says Steven Pomerantz, a retired FBI official who previously served as head of the bureau's counterterrorism section. These kind of public-outreach programmes work well, he says.

In the mid-1990s, one of these FBI programmes led to the capture of Theodore Kaczynski, a Montana man known as the Unabomber who mailed explosives to individuals, killing three people. FBI officials decided to release to the public a manifesto that he wrote, and his brother saw the tract in a newspaper. He recognised his brother's ideas in the screed and turned him in.

Since then, citizen-sleuths have become more sophisticated.

Activist Shaun King, known for his aggressive use of online tools to pursue criminals, went after some of the people who infiltrated the Capitol building. He posted photos of their antics, including one intruder in a congressional office, with his feet on the desk.

The intruder, 60-year-old Richard Barnett, who is from Gravette, Arkansas, was quickly identified in the media and has since been arrested.

Another man pictured wearing a fur hat and horns, whose photo was shared widely online, was identified as Jake Angeli - a vocal supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

However, it takes time to sift through material offered up by members of the public, and sometimes, citizen-sleuths do more harm than good.

After the Boston bombings in 2013, online detectives circulated a photo of two people, carrying backpacks and chatting near the Boston marathon. People described them as suspects, even though they had nothing to do with the attacks.

Adding to the confusion from the Capitol attack is the proliferation of disinformation about who instigated the violence. Some Trump supporters online have already suggested the rioters were associated with Antifa or Black Lives Matter, though there is no evidence of this.

But many Americans are eager to see the mob brought to justice.

George Washington University Law Professor Stephen Saltzburg has worked in the criminal division of the US justice department, and he says people here are highly motivated to help the FBI.

"People care about democracy," he says. "They want to see people punished. They want to see justice done."

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