“It is alleged that on Jan. 6, 2021, 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,” the attorney’s office said in a statement.
“A search of open sources led law enforcement to Johnson, who is allegedly seen in a widely circulated photo inside the Capitol carrying the lectern,” it continued.
In a press release Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asked for help in identifying the Capitol Hill protesters, according to Breitbart News.
“The FBI is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, D.C.,” the agency said.
“Our goal is to preserve the public’s constitutional right to protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activity,” it continued.
Following Johnson’s arrest, an acquaintance told WFLA he contacted the FBI when he recognized him in the photo.
“I felt a little disassociated for a minute. It was almost like, it was surreal. I mean it was surreal. I wasn’t surprised, but I was shocked,” Allan Mestel said, adding, “Couldn’t believe it, the fact that I recognize somebody from our hometown, was, I was floored.”