The Guy Who Stole Speaker Pelosi's Lectern Has Been Arrested

Abigail Covington
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Photo credit: Win McNamee - Getty Images
Photo credit: Win McNamee - Getty Images

From Esquire

FBI and local police officers are searching for participants involved in Wednesday’s raid on the Capitol, and on Friday they found and arrested one of the event’s viral stars. The man who was photographed smiling and waving as he walked off with Speaker Pelosi’s stolen lectern has been arrested by U.S. Marshals in Florida, according to the Bradenton Herald.

Adam Christian Johnson, 36, is charged with multiple counts, including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; theft of government property; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. The counts are summarized in a press release from the Justice Dept. That same press release summarizes Johnson’s crime saying, “Johnson illegally entered the United States Capitol and removed the Speaker of the House’s lectern from where it had been stored on the House side of the Capitol building. In a Statement of Facts, submitted by Special Agent Jeng of the FBI, the lectern is described as being valued at more than $1,000 by a curator for the House of Representatives.

To name and identify Adam Johnson, the FBI relied on local news outlets such as the Sarasota Herald-Tribune which published an article with an image of a social media post by a person with the username “Adam Johnson.” They also received multiple tips including one from a local photographer, Allan Mestel, who explained to the Bradenton Herald that he knew Johnson through a “mutual association” and was aware of Johnson’s “extreme right views.”

Jail booking records indicate that Johnson is currently being held in Pinellas County Jail after being arrested by federal marshals at 9 p.m. on Friday. Per the Bradenton Herald, Johnson will appear in court on Monday afternoon in the United States Courthouse in Tampa. Johnson will make his first appearance in court on Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court (Middle District of Florida) in Tampa, Florida.

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