Authorities have charged Eric Munchel, the Capitol rioter carrying zip ties, and his mother with conspiracy after video of the January 6 insurrection revealed the duo with a mob of President Donald Trump supporters.

Munchel and Lisa Eisenhart were charged with “purposefully and wilfully conspiring with individuals known and unidentified,” according to an FBI filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The FBI stated video footage drawn from inside the Capitol “catches Eisenhart and Munchel in the area of a mob of individuals that are physically attacking two Capitol Policeman securing entry into the Senate chambers.”

In one video, officers being chased after by a mob of rioters can be seen running past the mother-son duo, triggering them to join behind the group, the FBI described. Another clip of the event reveals Munchel and Eisenhart among the mob “inside the Senate chambers, having actually gone into through the very area that the officers were safeguarding before the assault.”

Eric Munchel, Capitol rioter with zip ties
Protesters enter the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Munchel was jailed in Tennessee last Sunday and charged with “one count of intentionally going into or staying in any restricted building or premises without legal authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds,” according to a Department of Justice declaration.

Pictures from Getty Images of a suspect using black riot gear and carrying zip ties have actually widely circulated on social media in the after-effects of the attack, triggering issue that protesters might have prepared to take lawmakers hostage.

Munchel was later determined by authorities as the zip tie-carrying suspect. “Pictures portraying his existence show an individual who appears to be Munchel bring plastic restraints, a product in a holster on his ideal hip, and a cell phone mounted on his chest with the camera dealing with outside, ostensibly to tape-record occasions that day,” the DOJ stated.

The FBI also detained Anthime Joseph Gionet, a reactionary activist nicknamed “Baked Alaska,” on Friday and charged him with two federal crimes in relation to the Capitol riot.


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