Alleged Lectern Thief, Horn-helmeted Suspect Arrested in Connection with Capitol Riot

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.

PHOTO: The Florida man seen in the now viral image carrying Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern through the halls of the U.S. Capitol building was arrested Friday night, according to jail records. Adam Johnson is being held Pinellas County Jail.
Pinellas County Sheriff's OfficePinellas County Sheriff’s OfficeThe Florida man seen in the now viral image carrying Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern through the…
PHOTO: Protesters enter the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 06, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Adam Johnson is being held Pinellas County Jail.
Win Mcnamee/Getty ImagesWin Mcnamee/Getty ImagesProtesters enter the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 06, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The Florida man s…

“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.

Johnson has been charged with “one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; one count of theft of government property; and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

No attorney information for Johnson was immediately available.

The U.S. Attorney’s office also arrested Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. “Jake Angeli,” Saturday. Investigators said he was the man seen in viral photos of the siege dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants and carrying a 6-foot spear with an American flag tied below the blade.

PHOTO:A protester, identified as Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, of Arizona, screams "Freedom" inside the Senate chamber after the U.S. Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress on Jan. 06, 2021.
Win Mcnamee/Getty ImagesWin Mcnamee/Getty ImagesA protester, identified as Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, of Arizona, screams “Freedo…

Chansley made his way to the dais of the Senate chamber during the siege where he was photographed by other rioters, according to investigators.

On Jan. 7, Chansley, who investigators said has a large following on social media, voluntarily called the FBI, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

“Chansley stated that he came as a part of a group effort, with other ‘patriots’ from Arizona, at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C. on January 6, 2021,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

PHOTO: Protesters, including Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, of Arizona, confront Capitol Police after penetrating security at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 06, 2021.
Win Mcnamee/Getty ImagesWin Mcnamee/Getty ImagesProtesters, including Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, of Arizona, confront Capitol Poli…

He was charged with “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds,” according to investigators. No attorney information was immediately available.

The FBI said it is still searching for more suspects in Wednesday’s incident, which left Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick and four others dead. Anyone with information is urged to contact the FBI tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI.