Barnett faces charges of entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry and theft of public property.
After leaving the Capitol building, Barnett was photographed holding a piece of mail taken from inside Pelosi’s office.
Images of Barnett sitting behind Pelosi’s desk with his feet propped up was widely shared in the media following the violent breach of the Capitol.
BREAKING: Richard Barnett, who bragged about sitting in @SpeakerPelosi’s chair - put his feet up - after breaking in to her office, has been arrested. Charges are: entering & remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry, theft of public property. pic.twitter.com/i6Ayil6G5S— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 8, 2021
Barnett told a local media in Arkansas Wednesday night he wrote Pelosi a note and left a quarter on Pelosi’s desk when he took the letter, “cause I’m not a thief.”
He told the tv station, 5News, he had been cut in the melee getting into the Capitol and had bled on the letter, and that’s why he took it.
He also said he was pushed inside the Capitol by the violent group of pro-Trump protesters, and found Pelosi’s office.