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Adam Johnson Arrested in Florida After Carrying Pelosi’s Lectern Inside Capitol

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The man pictured in a viral photo cradling the lectern of Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the raid Wednesday of the U.S. Capitol was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Friday night in Florida.

The photo of Adam Johnson, of Parrish, Fla., quickly circulated online in the wake of the mob attack. It showed Mr. Johnson sporting a wide smile as he waved to the camera with one hand and hauled off the lectern with the other. On his head was a Trump cap, with the number “45” on the front.

Jail booking records from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office give scant details about the arrest of Mr. Johnson, 36, but show that he was arrested on a federal warrant. The records list a few identifying tattoos as “God, wings, cross.”

Authorities also arrested Richard Barnett on Friday, the man pictured with his feet kicked up on Ms. Pelosi’s desk during the Capitol siege. Mr. Barnett, who was arrested in Bentonville, Ark., will appear in federal court on Tuesday and will ultimately be extradited to Washington, D.C.

The photo of Mr. Johnson, taken by Win McNamee, a Getty Images photographer, and the subsequent arrest suggest that authorities will use the myriad photographs and videos of the raid to pursue additional arrests. The F.B.I. posted images to its Twitter account and website on Friday asking the public for information about the people who were pictured.

“My Office, along with our law enforcement partners at all levels, have been expeditiously working and leveraging every resource to identify, arrest, and begin prosecuting these individuals who took part in the brazen criminal acts at the U.S. Capitol,” said Michael Sherwin, the top federal prosecutor in Washington, in a statement.

According to the Bradenton Herald, which is based in Bradenton Fla., people who know Mr. Johnson identified him to the F.B.I. soon after the image emerged. The newspaper reported that Mr. Johnson had posted on social media just before the Capitol raid, disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement and Washington police officers, calling the officers “corrupt” and “picking the sides of criminals.”

The Justice Department announced charges for another 13 individuals following the riot, though Mr. Johnson was not included on that list. The charges include entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

But the extent of the judicial consequences from the chaos remains unclear. On Friday, the Seattle Police Department said it placed two officers on administrative leave after receiving information that they were in Washington on Wednesday. The Police Department’s Office of Police Accountability is reviewing the case and will refer any potential illegal activity for criminal investigation.

“The Department fully supports all lawful expressions of First Amendment freedom of speech, but the violent mob and events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol were unlawful and resulted in the death of another police officer,” Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz said in a news release, adding that if any officers “were directly involved in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, I will immediately terminate them.”

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