Capitol Rioter Seen on Speaker Pelosi’s Seat Arrested




Capitol Rioter Seen on Speaker Pelosi’s Seat Arrested 

•As 13 Face Charges over Invasion of Congress

 

One of the rioters who was seen in image sitting on the seat of Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

This was just as it was revealed on Friday that 13 persons are not to face trial in the preliminary over the breach at the US Congress on Wednesday.

Trump supporters converged on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to express their rage over Joe Biden's victory in the election, wreaking havoc in Congress. Rioters were pictured vandalising congressional offices, and an aide to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Washington's top Democrat, reported a laptop was stolen. 

These intruders could be charged with an array of crimes, ranging from trespassing and other relatively minor ones to serious offences involving firearms and explosive devises. They could be sentenced to many years in prison.

In the wake of the assault, dozens of people have been arrested - many for curfew violations - but most of the culprits of the Capitol building break-in remain at large.

Which is why the FBI is now asking: do you recognise anyone in this picture?

What's the situation so far?

■   Five people died, including one Capitol Police officer

■   So far there have been at least 82 arrests

■   Investigators in DC say they have received over 17,000 tips from the public on the rioters

■   The FBI is offering a $50,000 (£37,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of an individual who planted pipe bombs at Democratic and Republican party headquarters

The FBI has set up a tip hotline and a website, letting members of the public know how to contact them with information about the people who stormed the US Congress.

 

Posters for the FBI's "Most Wanted Fugitives" were once plastered on the walls of post offices, says Steven Pomerantz, a retired FBI official who previously served as head of the bureau's counterterrorism section. These kind of public-outreach programmes work well, he says.

In the mid-1990s, one of these FBI programmes led to the capture of Theodore Kaczynski, a Montana man known as the Unabomber who mailed explosives to individuals, killing three people. FBI officials decided to release to the public a manifesto that he wrote, and his brother saw the tract in a newspaper. He recognised his brother's ideas in the screed and turned him in.

Since then, citizen-sleuths have become more sophisticated.

Activist Shaun King, known for his aggressive use of online tools to pursue criminals, went after some of the people who infiltrated the Capitol building. He posted photos of their antics, including one intruder in a congressional office, with his feet on the desk.

The intruder, 60-year-old Richard Barnett, who is from Gravette, Arkansas, was quickly identified in the media and has since been arrested.

Another man pictured wearing a fur hat and horns, whose photo was shared widely online, was identified as Jake Angeli - a vocal supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory.


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