While a mob of Trump’s followers rioted at the Capitol in Washington DC, an image of a man lounging in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office resting his feet on her table went viral on social media. The man has since been taken into custody according to law enforcement agency.
As reported by a Department of Justice official, the 60-year-old man was identified as Richard Barnett from Gravette, Arkansas. He was arrested on the charges of violent entry, trespassing and remaining on forbidden grounds, and stealing public property.
According to a spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office for Western District of Arkansas Barnett is currently in custody at the Washington County Detention Center.
Photographs of Barnett went viral on social media at a time when the Democrats and Republicans had gathered to certify Joe Biden’s win in the Presidential Election.
A Republican from West Virginia was also present at the riot, as he recorded and posted a video of himself while the incident took place. He later deleted the video, but many are calling for him to resign from his position.
A reporter from the New York Times posted a video of Barnett on Twitter where he bragged that he took an envelope from Nancy Pelosi’s desk, however, he claimed that he had no intention to steal anything. He also mentioned that he left an obscene note for Pelosi.
Here’s Mr. Barnett, who goes by “Bigo,” telling the story in his own words pic.twitter.com/oSyKiCDXgy
— Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) January 6, 2021
The mayor of Gravette has expressed concern because the city has been receiving countless threats following the pictures of Barnett that blew up social media. He proceeded to say that Barnett does not represent the people of Gravette.
It was reported that Pelosi’s office was vandalized and a laptop was also stolen. She and several other Democrats are demanding that Trump be impeached for encouraging and inciting the violence.
The FBI is currently investigating the incident, examining the security footage, social media photos, and videos and also asking the general public to assist in naming any protestors they can identify.