A MAGA believer accused of storming the US Capitol with a fistful of zipties has been arrested, joining a growing number of Trump loyalists to face charges after Thursday’s violent siege.
The FBI arrested Tennessee man Eric Gavelek Munchel on Sunday, charging him with one count of knowingly entering a restricted building, and another count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
The US Department of Justice said Munchel was apparently photographed carrying a bunch of “plastic restraints”, a hip holster, and camera mount attached to a vest “ostensibly to record events that day.”
For Getty Images, snapper Win McNamee captured this image, which shows a man decked out in tacti-cool attire inside the Senate Chamber:
At this point, you may be wondering why the feds chose to highlight the zip ties in its press release.
Simply put, zip ties aren’t just used for household projects and attaching body kits to your clapped-out Commodore: law enforcement agencies across the globe use double-stacked zip ties as disposable handcuffs.
As pointed out by BuzzFeed News, McNamee’s photograph spread across social media, igniting fears for what the man intended to do with those “plastic restraints” after entering the building.
The siege, inspired by President Donald Trump and designed to interrupt proceedings which would confirm Joe Biden as the next US leader, saw hundreds of MAGA types surge through the government site.
One woman was shot dead by police during the siege, with US Capitol Police saying the incident took place as “protesters were forcing their way toward the House Chamber where Members of Congress were sheltering in place.”
The Department of Justice said another man, Larry Rendell Brock, was arrested in Texas and faces identical charges. It is also alleged he handled a “white flex cuff” during the siege.