FBI gives update on Richard Barnett who was pictured in Pelosi’s office

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BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The man pictured in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during Wednesday’s riots in Washington D.C. turned himself in to authorities in Arkansas, a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed to KNWA/FOX24 on Friday.

Richard Barnett, 60, 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.

The FBI provided an update in the press conference below:

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.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

This undated photo provided by the Washington County, Ark., Sheriff’s Office shows Arkansas resident Richard Barnett, who was taken into custody Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, and is being held in the county jail after he was charged by federal prosecutors with three counts for storming the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington. Barnett was in a viral photo where he could be seen inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

“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.”

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.

Barnett, 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.”

A KNWA/FOX24 reporter interviewed Barnett in November during a Stop the Steal rally in Bentonville. He said he supports President Trump’s false claims of voter fraud and believes that cost him the election.

Gravette Mayor Kurt Maddox said Barnett’s actions have brought threats and undue attention to his town.

“It’s a shame something like this is what puts you in the public eye,” Mayor Maddox said. “This is not the city of Gravette, this one person is not who Gravette is and not who the people are.” 

This is a developing story.

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