Man pictured in Pelosi’s office turns himself in to authorities in Arkansas

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Richard Barnett, 60, was arrested in Arkansas after he was photographed sitting in the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during riots at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. – Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photos: Washington County Sheriff’s Office and SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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, an FBI spokesperson confirmed to Nexstar’s KNWA on Friday.

Richard Barnett, 60. (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

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 was in FBI custody Friday.

Barnett has reportedly been charged with theft of public property, knowingly entering a restricted building without authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct, according to reports from CNN and ABC.

KNWA spoke to Barnett in November during a “Stop the Steal” rally in Bentonville. He supports President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and believes fraud cost the president this election.

Richard Barnett, a supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inside the US Capitol. – 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)

Shortly after the photos of the break-in were circulated, Christine Pelosi, a Democratic strategist and Pelosi’s daughter, posted a tweet stating this was, in fact, not her mother’s desk, as had been previously reported.

The chief of Capitol Police has announced plans to resign next week in the wake of the security failure that allowed a mob to disrupt the final ratification of president-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Only 13 were arrested at the time of the riot, according to The Associated Press. The FBI and DC police are asking for help identifying additional suspects.

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