Bodybuilder photographed dragging officer during Capitol riot arrested – Business Insider

  • A man photographed dragging a police officer down stairs during the Capitol riot has been arrested.
  • Internet sleuths have been investigating Logan Barnhart, whom they nicknamed “CatSweat,” for months.
  • Prosecutors allege Barnhart was part of a multiperson attack against an officer outside a tunnel.

More than seven months after a mob of pro-Trump rioters attacked the Capitol, authorities have identified and arrested a man who was photographed dragging a police officer down a set of stairs during the siege.

Logan Barnhart, a 40-year-old Michigan bodybuilder, faces multiple charges, including assaulting federal officers with a dangerous weapon, the FBI said.

HuffPost, which first reported Barnhart’s arrest, said he became a “white whale” for internet sleuths searching for information on unidentified insurrectionists in the aftermath of the attack. The “Sedition Hunters” community gave Barnhart the nickname “CatSweat” because he is said to have worn a Caterpillar-brand sweatshirt to the Capitol on January 6.

The FBI had been referring to the man in the photograph, who was wanted for assaulting officers, as Capitol suspect 128-AFO. HuffPost said it identified Barnhart months ago thanks to the work of “citizen sleuths,” but refrained from publishing his name because of his violent history, which includes rioting charges from his teenage years.

In April, Sedition Hunters discovered video of Barnhart at the Trump rally preceding the Capitol attack that showed him without sunglasses, giving sleuths the opportunity to search publicly available facial-recognition materials on the internet. The search yielded multiple images of Barnhart, including photos of him on bodybuilding websites and in photography portfolios, HuffPost reported.

Sedition Hunters even uncovered photos of a shirtless Barnhart posing on the cover of multiple romance novels, with names such as “Stepbrother UnSEALed: A Bad Boy Military Romance.”

But it was Barnhart’s Instagram that ultimately led to his arrest. HuffPost reported that Barnhart posted a photo of himself in July 2019 in which he was wearing the same American flag that he would be photographed in at the Capitol on January 6. An August 2020 video on his account featured a similar Caterpillar-brand sweatshirt as well. 

Prosecutors allege that Barnhart was part of a multiperson attack against police officers outside a tunnel on the western side of the Capitol. Barnhart on Tuesday was added to a 22-count indictment that names seven people accused of being involved in the attack on a DC Metropolitan officer.

Barnhart did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

Ronald Colton McAbee, 27, of Unionville, Tennessee, was also arrested on Tuesday in connection with the assault. He was charged with inflicting bodily injury. Both men made initial court appearances in their respective home states on Tuesday morning, the Department of Justice said.

In addition to Barnhart and McAbee, Jeffrey Sabol, Peter Francis Stager, Michael John Lopatic Sr., Clayton Ray Mullins, and Jack Wade Whitton, who had already been arrested, were also named in the indictment. 

Prosecutors said Whitton and Sabol dragged the officer down the stairs and into the crowd, where Stager beat him with an American-flag pole.