Richard Barnett, the man who allegedly broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, posed for pictures and stole mail from her desk, was arrested Friday morning in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has been charged with three federal counts.
He was charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and stealing public property.
West Virginia state Republican lawmaker Derrick Evans has also been charged with illegal entry after he allegedly recorded himself in a video entering the Capitol.
Two other men, Christopher Michael Alberts and Mark Leffingwell, were also charged by federal investigators.
Alberts was one of the protesters who stormed the Capitol and was “slow in responding to orders to leave the premises,” according to a complaint unsealed in US District Court in Washington, D.C. That is when the Capitol Police officer who wrote the indictment said he noticed Alberts had a handgun on his hip and was wearing a bulletproof vest and a backpack. Alberts tried to flee when officers noticed his weapon, but officers detained him quickly, according to the indictment.
“A black Taurus G2C 9mm was recovered from D-1’s right hip. Additionally, a separate magazine was located on D-1’s left hip. Both the gun and the spare magazine were in held in two separate holsters. The handgun had one round in the chamber with a twelve round capacity magazine filled with twelve rounds; the spare magazine also had a twelve round capacity and was filled with twelve rounds. MPD Officers also seized a gas-mask from the defendant’s person as well as the defendant’s backpack containing a pocketknife, one packaged military meal-ready to eat (MRE), and one first-aid medical kit,” the indictment says.
Leffingwell is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, assault on a federal law enforcement officer, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Leffingwell was in the US Capitol building and attempted to push past the officers that secured a barrier, according to the indictment,.
“When he was deterred from advancing further into the building, Leffingwell punched me repeatedly with a closed fist. I was struck in the helmet that I was wearing and in the chest,” wrote the officer in the indictment.
The indictment also adds that he apologized to the officer he struck, but was still arrested.
Man who allegedly broke into Pelosi’s office charged with 3 federal counts The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ ABC News.