Johnson, 36, was taken into custody at the Pinellas County jail by federal marshals and is currently being held on a U.S. Marshal’s warrant. His arrest followed a viral photo photo of him at Wednesday’s riot that spread across the internet.
In the photo, Johnson can be seen smiling and waving at the camera while carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern. The lectern, which bears the symbol of the Speaker of the House, is valued at more than $1,000 according to the House curator. At the time the photo was taken, Johnson had a beard and was sporting a winter hat with “Trump” written across the top. By the time he was arrested, Johnson had shaved his beard.
Johnson lives in Parrish, Florida with his wife and their five children and is reportedly a stay-at-home dad. He is one of several individuals who are now facing federal charges for their participation in the riot and more are expected to be charged as they’re identified.
Steven D’Antuono, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office, told CNN that “the FBI is not sparing any resources in this investigation” and that agents from all 56 field offices are combing through videos, social media posts and tips from the public. He also offered a general warning to the public that, “just because you’ve left the DC region, you can still expect a knock on the door if we find out you were part of the criminal activity at the Capitol.”
After his arrest, Johnson was charged Saturday with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and one count of theft of government property. His first court appearance is set to be this Monday afternoon.