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His Thirst Traps Did Him In: How IGs Led to the Capture of Capitol Insurrectionist

Wednesday August 18, 2021

Logan Barnhart outside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021
Logan Barnhart outside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021  (Source:Sedition Hunters)

The FBI arrested a Michigan man, known by the moniker #CatSweat, for his involvement in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, reported the Huffington Post.

Logan Barnhart was charged as part of a superseding indictment returned by a grand jury on Aug. 4 and unsealed on Tuesday.


Barnhart was given his nickname 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)," wrote the HuffPost. He became a target of the "sedition hunter" community because he was said to have assaulted Federal officers. "He is said to be the same man spotted in harrowing footage pulling a cop down stairs at the Capitol, before the officer was violently beaten with a flagpole by another rioter," reported the Daily Mail.

Barnhart on the cover of "Stepbrother UnSEALed."  

A major break happened when Sedition Hunters uncovered video of Barnhart without sunglasses during the rally prior to the Capitol attack. By putting his face in facial recognition software they identified him from "images of Barnhart that are plastered across the internet on bodybuilding websites and photography portfolios."

He has been seen on the cover of numerous romance novels with titles like "Stepbrother UnSEALed: A Bad Boy Military Romance" and "Lighter," which included the slogan "wrong never felt so right." In "UnSEALed,"  by Nicole Snow, the reader follows the forbidden love of step-siblings Delia and Chris, reported the Daily Mail. "I almost landed in my stepbrother's bed, and I want it to happen again. I'm too good for him," reads part of its synopsis.

But it was Barnhart's thirst-trapping Instagram account that did him in, according to the HuffPost. On his account "he described himself as a 'Pipe Layerheavy machine operator' and posted right-wing memes alongside shirtless thirst traps — that sealed the deal. In July 2019, Barnhart posted an image of himself wearing the same American flag hat he'd later wear to the Capitol. And in August 2020, he posted a video of himself at work in a Caterpillar-branded sweatshirt," added the HuffPost.

Barnhart made a court appearance on Tuesday afternoon in Michigan. He was assigned a court-appointed attorney. He was released on house arrest and an unsecured $5,000 bond. 

The HuffPost reported that after the Capitol attack, 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."

He also mocked the FBI in February with "amazing FBI doing some fine investigative work," citing a Capitol image that was doctored to include a meme that was included in an FBI affidavit.

"Like I've said multiple times. Everything you're being told about this is a lie and it will be revealed," Barnhart wrote on Feb. 5. "Sorry but what really happened at the [Capitol] is being hidden from you."