Arkansas ‘white nationalist’ who put his feet on Pelosi’s desk, West Virginia lawmaker and man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails and an assault rifle to the Capitol are among 13 charged over MAGA riot
- The Department of Justice announced on a call on Friday that they’d charged 13 people over Wednesday’s riot
- Among them is Richard Barnett, 60, who was seen with his feet on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk
- He was taken into custody at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas, and remains behind bars
- Lonnie Coffman, 70, had two handguns, a rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails in his red GMC van
- Mark Leffingwell was charged for punching a cop and Christopher Alberts has been charged for taking a 9mm gun into the Capitol
- Two women – Cleveland Meredith and Cindy Fitchett – have been charged
- Dozens more remain at large including the person responsible for the death of Capitol cop Brian Sicknick
The MAGA rioter who put his feet up on Nancy Pelosi‘s desk has been arrested along with a man who brought 11 Molotov cocktails, two handguns and an assault rifle to the Capitol on Wednesday.
The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Richard Barnett, 60, who was seen putting his feet on Speaker Pelosi’s desk and leaving a threatening note on it on Wednesday.
Barnett, who proudly referred to himself as a white nationalist on social media, was charged with unlawful entry. He was taken into custody at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s unclear where he now is or if he’ll be extradited but he is in custody.
He has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and theft of public money, property, or records.
Lonnie Coffman, 70, has also been arrested after police found his red GMC pick-up truck near the RNC – where a pipe bomb was left. He has not been charged over the pipe bomb but cops found two handguns, 11 Molotov cocktails and an M4 carbine assault rifle in his vehicle.
He has been charged with possession an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license
Officials on Friday called what he had produced ‘homemade napalm’ and said the Molotov cocktails
The DoJ announced on a call with reporters on Friday afternoon that 13 people had been charged including Richard Barnett, 60
More than 80 people have been arrested in total and 55 are being pursued on federal charges, officials said on the call.
Dozens more remain free and the FBI is scrambling to catch them with public appeals for help and rewards for information after Wednesday’s disastrous attempts by law enforcement to control the crowd.
Their failure to arrest the rioters – many of whom had guns and overpowered them – has outraged millions of Americans who compared the soft touch to the harsh crackdown by police on BLM protesters during the summer.
No one has been arrested yet in connection with the death of Capitol cop Brian Sicknick, 42, who died in the hospital after being hit, allegedly in the head, with a fire extinguisher.
‘This is an ongoing investigation we’re working this with our partners to ascertain what happened in that situation.
‘We are 100 percent on it and are getting to those answers,’ FBI Washington Field Office ADIC Steven D’antuono said.
Sicknick was himself a Trump fan who posted on social media about his support of the President.