Who is Richard Barnett – Rioter pictured sitting Speaker Nancy 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)|
What did Richard Barnett do in the riot?
Richard Barnett, 60, who also goes by the nickname “Bigo,” was among the pro-Trump insurrectionists who breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, later bragging to the The New York Times’ Matthew Rosenberg about his actions. He told Rosenberg that after taking an envelope from the office, he left Pelosi a note on her desk, along with a quarter, “even though she ain’t ******* worth it.”
|Screenshot from Twitter.|
As the chaos continued Wednesday afternoon, a New York Times reporter tweeted that he spoke with Barnett after his stunt in Pelosi's office. In a video, he boasts that he took a personalized envelope, but insisted he didn't steal it.
"I left a quarter on her desk," he said.
Barnett also claimed that he knocked politely on the door to the California Democrat's office, but was then swept inside by other rioters who had breached the Capitol. He said he left a "nasty note" as well, using an expletive to refer to Pelosi.
|Richard Barnett, a supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protests inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)|
"I'll probably be telling them this is what happened all the way to the D.C. jail," he added.
It was not immediately clear Friday if Barnett had an attorney.
Barnett, who was quickly identified as a Gravette, Arkansas man after he was photographed seated at a desk in Pelosi’s office, turned himself in at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning and is currently in FBI custody, Fox24 reported.
Court’s document on Barnett’s case
According to court documents, U.S. Capitol Police learned that an individual had entered the restricted office area of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and was photographed with his feet propped up on furniture. Those photos were circulated on numerous news media platforms which identified the individual as Barnett. A search of law enforcement databases confirmed that the individual in the news photographs did in fact appear to be Barnett.
“This case is just one in a number that demonstrate the brazen acts that were committed at the Capitol on Wednesday,” said Michael Sherwin, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. “My Office is committed to prosecuting all individuals who participated in these abhorrent acts to the fullest extent of the law.”
“The U.S. Capitol is one of the most iconic buildings in our country and a symbol of the Constitution and people we have sworn to protect, and its destruction will not be tolerated,” said Steven M. D’Antuono, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office. “This arrest demonstrates to all individuals involved in January 6 incursion into the U.S. Capitol that the FBI will find you and hold you accountable for your crimes, no matter your location. We thank the FBI Little Rock Field Office for their quick assistance in bringing this perpetrator to justice.”
|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)|
Barnett is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property, or records, according to a press release from the Department of Justice. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors, according to Justice. Gov.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison, according to a press release from the Department of Justice, NBC News cited.
“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 Jeffrey A. Rosen, Acting Attorney General of the United States. “Those who are proven to have committed criminal acts during the storming of the Capitol will face justice.”
A search of law enforcement databases confirmed that the individual in the news photographs did in fact appear to be Barnett.
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