Man Shown With Feet On Nancy Pelosi's Desk Arrested In Arkansas


Friday, January 8th 2021, 3:40 pm
By: CBS News


The Arkansas man shown sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk inside the U.S. Capitol this week has been taken into custody, federal authorities said Friday. 

Richard Barnett, of Gravette, was taken into custody early Friday. He is currently being charged with at least three counts: knowingly entering and remaining in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and theft of public property, according to Ken Kohl, the principal assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C.

Photos circulated widely showing Barnett inside Pelosi's office with his feet resting on her desk. "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," said Steven D'Antuono of the FBI's field office in Washington.

Barnett surrendered himself to authorities Friday morning at the Benton County Sheriff's Office in Bentonville, an FBI official told CBS News. He is currently being detained at the Washington County Sheriff's Office in Fayetteville, the source said.

The FBI is continuing its investigation to use tips and public photos to locate rioters. West Virginia State Delegate Derrick Evans was also taken into custody after he posted a now-deleted video showing him in the capital.

Barnett and Evans are part of 15 others facing federal charges for crimes committed during the riot.