Before he was infamously banned from all social media platforms, former POTUS Donald Trump sent a tweet earlier this year promoting January 6 as a historic day." Well, in response, a conspiracy-minded former bodybuilder from Michigan let Trump know that he had his back.
"I'll be there," Logan Barnhart replied to @realDonaldTrump on Twitter back in January.
Well, 7 months on since the Capitol riots, the man that online sleuths dubbed #CatSweat have been arrested by the FBI. An official confirmed the arrest to HuffPost and stated the Michigan man was photographed dragging a police officer down a set of stairs during the attack.
Barnhart, whom the FBI referred to as Capitol suspect 128-AFO because he was wanted for assaulting federal officers, was a major target for the "Sedition Hunters" community. They had in term given him the nickname "CatSweat" because he was wearing a sweatshirt branded with the name of Caterpillar, the construction equipment manufacturer. (Barnhart worked as a machine operator for Barnhart & Son Inc., which is owned by his father.)
HuffPost claim they positively identified Barnhart months ago but held off on publishing his name based on his violent history (which included rioting charges when he was a teenager) and because the FBI was working on the case.
A turn came in the investigation when the Sedition Hunters uncovered video of Barnhart during the Trump rally at the White House Ellipse prior to the attack that showed him without sunglasses.
The image of Barnhart's face taken at the rally was plugged into a publicly available facial recognition website which in turn pulled up several other images of Barnhart that are plastered across the internet on bodybuilding websites and photography portfolios.
Photos of a shirtless Barnhart even graced the cover of romance novels with names like "Stepbrother UnSEALed: A Bad Boy Military Romance" and "Lighter," which included the slogan "wrong never felt so right."
The FBI has arrested accused Capitol insurrectionist #LoganBarnhart, whom online investigators dubbed "#CatSweat."… https://t.co/v5Ww3TvvU4— Rickey Randle (@Rickey Randle)1629212915.0
Surprisingly, it was Barnhart's Instagram account, where he described himself as a "Pipe Layer\heavy machine operator" and posted right-wing memes alongside shirtless thirst traps, that was his downfall. Back in July 2019, Barnhart posted an image of himself wearing the same American flag that he'd later wear to the Capitol. And in August 2020, he posted a video of himself at work in a Caterpillar-branded sweatshirt.
Several defendants have been arrested in connection with that attack, including Jack Wade Whitton, who was positioned next to Barnhart and had his hand on the back of the officer's neck. Federal prosecutors said suspects including Whitton and Sabol dragged the officer ― identified by the initials "B.M." ― down the stairs and into the crowd, where Peter Stager used an American flag on a pole to beat him.
After participating in the attack on the Capitol, Barnhart continued to post right-wing material on Instagram that dismissed the threat of COVID-19. He posted a video of himself inside a Walmart (where he said he was the only person not wearing a mask) as well as memes about LeBron James and rants about Black Lives Matter.
It seems as if everyone involved in fuelling the shocking Capitol attack are now finally paying the price.