One of the âwhite whalesâ of the siege of the Capitol on January 6 has finally been apprehended, and this is in part thanks to her Instagram feed. Logan Barnhart, a former bodybuilder who was allegedly pictured assaulting a police officer, was arrested by the FBI seven months after the failed but deadly coup, according to The HuffPost. One of the most sought-after writers of the time, he was known among the âsedition hunterâ community by the colorful nickname âCatSweatâ. (More on that in a second.)
Barnhart had eluded law enforcement for more than six months, in part because his face was partially obscured by sunglasses. But hunters online were able to track down a video of him before the riot without glasses but still wearing a gray hoodie bearing the name “Caterpillar”, the name of the manufacturer of construction equipment. (The HuffPost claims they identified him earlier, thanks to citizen detectives, but has refrained from making it public due to his history of violent behavior, including charges of teenage rioting. )
Turns out Barnhart’s face circulated:
This image of Barnhart’s face, plugged into a publicly accessible facial recognition website, has pulled several other images of Barnhart that are posted across the internet on bodybuilding websites and photo portfolios. Photos of a shirtless Barnhart even graced the cover of romance novels with names like “UnSEALed Stepbrother: A Bad Boy Military Romance” and “Lighter,” which included the tagline “Bad Was Never. also fair. “
But what âsealed the deal,â the HuffPost told HuffPost, was Barnhart’s Instagram account. Posing as a ‘pipe laying operator / heavy machine’, he was inclined to post right-wing memes alongside ‘shirtless thirst traps’. In one article, as of July 2019, he wore the same American flag hat he would later wear on Capitol Hill. In another image, from August 2020, he wore the same Caterpillar hoodie.
Barnhart is said to be one of many Trump supporters pictured assaulting a DC subway police officer, whom they dragged up a staircase on the west side of the building. His alleged participation in the failed insurgency did not prompt him to calm down on far-right social media posts:
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 LeBron James memes and Black Lives Matter rants. .
In another of his articles, from February, Barnhart joked sarcastically about “the amazing FBI doing a great job of investigating.”
(Going through The HuffPost)