Alleged lectern thief, horn-helmeted suspect arrested in connection with Capitol riot | ABC News
Alleged lectern thief, horn-helmeted suspect arrested in connection with Capitol riot
No attorney information for Johnson was immediately available.
Federal authorities say they’ve arrested two of the alleged Capitol rioters who went viral for their part in the siege of the building.
Adam Johnson, 36, of Parrish, Florida, who was seen in a viral photograph carrying Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern through the halls, is being held in Pinellas County Jail and pending charges after federal marshals picked him up Friday night, according to the United States Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia.
Johnson is allegedly the man in the photo taken during Wednesday’s raid of the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters where he is waving to the camera while holding the lectern in his right arm, according to investigators. Johnson, who was clean shaven in his mugshot, appeared in the photo with a beard and a wool hat with “Trump” written on the top.
“On or about January 7, 2021, the lectern was found by a member of the Senate staff in the Red corridor of the Senate wing off the Rotunda in the Capitol building,” the arrest warrant said. “According to the House of Representatives’ curator, the Speaker’s lectern has a market value of more than $1,000.”
The warrant cited reporting from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune which found Johnson’s social media posts and reported he was in the Capitol during the siege.