When former President Donald Trump despatched a tweet early this yr selling Jan. 6 as a “Historic day,” a conspiracy-minded former bodybuilder from Michigan let the president know he had his again.
“I’ll be there,” Logan Barnhart replied to @realDonaldTrump on Twitter.
Now, seven months after the person on-line sleuths dubbed #CatSweat was photographed dragging a police officer down a set of stairs throughout the assault on the U.S. Capitol, the Michigan man has been arrested by the FBI. An official confirmed the arrest to HuffPost Tuesday morning.
Barnhart, whom the FBI known as Capitol suspect 128-AFO as a result of he was needed for assaulting federal officers, was a significant goal for the “Sedition Hunters” group, which had given him the nickname “CatSweat” as a result of he was sporting a sweatshirt branded with the title of Caterpillar, the development tools producer. (Barnhart labored as a machine operator for Barnhart & Son Inc., which is owned by his father.)
HuffPost positively recognized Barnhart earlier than his arrest based mostly on the work of citizen sleuths months in the past, however held off on publishing his title based mostly on his violent historical past (which included rioting prices when he was a youngster) and since the FBI was engaged on the case.
A tipping level within the investigation got here when the Sedition Hunters uncovered video of Barnhart throughout the Trump rally on the White Home Ellipse previous to the assault that confirmed him with out sun shades.
That picture of Barnhart’s face, plugged right into a publicly out there facial recognition web site, pulled up a number of different photos of Barnhart which can be plastered throughout the web on bodybuilding web sites and images portfolios. Photographs of a shirtless Barnhart even graced the quilt of romance novels with names like “Stepbrother UnSEALed: A Unhealthy Boy Army Romance” and “Lighter,” which included the slogan “flawed by no means felt so proper.”
But it was Barnhart’s Instagram account ― the place he described himself as a “Pipe Layerheavy machine operator” and posted right-wing memes alongside shirtless thirst traps ― that sealed the deal. In July 2019, Barnhart posted a picture of himself sporting the identical American flag hat he’d later put on to the Capitol. And in August 2020, he posted a video of himself at work in a Caterpillar-branded sweatshirt.
Barnhart was a “white whale” for members of the Sedition Hunters group, which sprung to life after Jan. 6. A picture from that day reveals a person in a hooded “CAT” sweatshirt grabbing onto a D.C. Metropolitan Police Division officer whom he and others are dragging down a set of stairs exterior a tunnel on the western facet of the U.S. Capitol.
A number of defendants have been arrested in reference to that assault, together with Jack Wade Whitton, who was positioned subsequent to Barnhart and had his hand on the again of the officer’s neck. (Whitton has been indicted alongside Jeffrey Sabol, Peter Stager, Michael Lopatic, Clayton Mullins.)
Federal prosecutors stated suspects together with Whitton and Sabol dragged the officer ― recognized by the initials “B.M.” ― down the steps and into the gang, the place Peter Stager used an American flag on a pole to beat him.
“When requested in regards to the assault, B.M. remembered having his baton grabbed and he was pulled into the gang,” prosecutors wrote in a court docket submitting arguing for Whitton’s pretrial detention. “As soon as within the crowd, B.M. recalled being struck within the helmet a number of instances with objects. B.M. suggested that he believed the gang tried to take him as deep into the gang as doable.”
After collaborating within the assault on the Capitol, Barnhart continued to put up right-wing materials on Instagram that dismissed the specter of COVID-19. He posted a video of himself inside a Walmart (the place he stated he was the one individual not sporting a masks) in addition to memes about LeBron James and rants about Black Lives Matter.
In February, a couple of month after participating within the assault, Barnhart sarcastically mocked the “superb FBI doing a little wonderful investigative work,” citing a Capitol picture that was doctored to incorporate a meme that was included in an FBI affidavit.
“Like I’ve stated a number of instances. Every part you’re being advised about it is a lie and will probably be revealed,” Barnhart wrote on Feb. 5. “Sorry however what actually occurred on the [Capitol] is being hidden from you.”
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