Man who stole Nancy Pelosi’s lectern at U.S. Capitol could be from Parrish, Florida

Bradenton residents have identified a man who took the lectern of the Speaker…

Man who stole Nancy Pelosi’s lectern at U.S

Carlos R. Munoz
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Man who stole Nancy Pelosi's lectern at U.S. Capitol could be from Parrish, Florida 1

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Pro-Trump protesters storm U.S. Capitol

Angry supporters of President Donald Trump have stormed the U.S. Capitol in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power. One person has been shot as the protesters stormed the building and violently clashed with police. (Jan. 6)


A man numerous people in Bradenton have identified as Adam Johnson of Parrish was captured in a photo being shared on social media carrying the lectern allegedly belonging to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. 

The alleged U.S. Capitol invader made his way onto the House floor Wednesday after protesters shoved their way inside during a joint session of Congress. Officials including Vice President Mike Pence were certifying the Electoral College presidential votes.

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The would-be thief has not officially been identified by authorities, although countless photos of the man taken by a Getty photographer have been shared by Bradenton residents who recognized him as Adam Johnson.

Christian Ziegler, a Sarasota County Commissioner who attended President Donald Trump’s “Save America Rally” that preceded the riot, says the rioters must face justice.

“I think it’s completely inappropriate,” said Ziegler, who is vice chairman of the Florida GOP. “It makes me angry as a party leader. I spend a lot of time away from my family. We are campaigning all the time and a lot of time I’m not home, I’m out recruiting volunteers and making phone calls. It gives a bad name to the cause.”

Ziegler said he has never seen the man at any of the Republican Party events he has hosted.

“He’s not part of our organization,” Ziegler said. “I think it’s disgusting. That lectern belongs to all of us. It’s our property. We’re the ones who paid for it. It’s making a mockery of our government and our institutions.”

An Adam C. Johnson, 36, of Parrish is registered with no party affiliation and listed as an active voter, according to Florida’s voter registration database.

The man pictured with Pelosi’s reading desk was adorned in clothing labeled “Trump,” and pictures on Johnson’s Facebook page, before it was taken down, show him wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat.

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The FBI is asking the public for information related to violent activity at the U.S. Capitol Building.

In an online post the agency said:

“The FBI is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, DC. The FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence in the U.S. Capitol Building and surrounding area in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.

“If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at

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“You may also call ‪1-800-CALL-FBI (1-‪800-225-5324) to verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation.

“If you do not have an attachment but have information to provide, please submit it at”

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There are seven people from Florida listed on Wednesday’s District of Columbia Police report. None are named Adam Johnson:

  • Andrew Johnson, 39, curfew violation, unlawful entry, 100 block of First Street
  • Michael Amos, 38, curfew violation, unlawful entry, 100 block of First Street
  • Shawn Westberg, 47, simple assault, 1000 block of 16th Street Northwest
  • Henry Tarrio, 36, destruction of property less than $1,000, 900 block of 11th Street Northwest
  • Emanuel de Sousa, 33, resisting arrest, 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
  • Nathanel Brown, 37, assault on a police officer, 1400 block of F Street Northwest
  • Desaray Smith, 43, curfew violation, 1400 block of Swann Street Northwest

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says it has received reports regarding the image of the man carrying the podium.

“We are aware of the photos and information that has been circling social media,” Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Randy Warren said. “It has been forwarded it to the appropriate authorities.”

Those law enforcement agencies include the FBI.

Johnson has previously been charged with possession of marijuana and a number of traffic violations. He lived in Bradenton and his current address is in a Parrish subdivision whose residents include of a number of sheriff’s deputies.

According to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department dozens of people were arrested on multiple riot-related charges. CNN reported Thursday that 15 people so far were involved in federal cases.


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