Mom Of 'Zip-Tie Guy' in Capitol Mob Is Arrested In Nashville
A man in plastic camouflage wings, identified by law enforcement as Eric Munchel, leaps between lawmakers' seats in the Capitol after the January 6 storm. (Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images)
FBI agents arrested the mother of one of the men known as the "zip-tie type" on Saturday after authorities said he was taped in camouflage-wrapped plastic handcuffs in the Capitol when it was stormed by rioters.
Lisa Eisenhart, a Georgia nurse, was taken into custody in Nashville and charged with federal conspiracy crimes over her son, 30-year-old one-time bartender Eric Munchel.
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The mother and son booked a hotel room in the District of Columbia and stormed the Capitol together on Jan. 6, federal law enforcement agencies said. Both were held on surveillance footage in the Senate after the attack on the building, officials said.
“As Congress was concerned with the official confirmation of the election of the electoral college, Eisenhart and Munchel knowingly and intentionally joined a group of people to forcibly enter the US Capitol with intent to cause civil disturbance that would impede , is intended to disrupt and disrupt the proper conduct of business by the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, ”said the criminal complaint against them.
The complaint said Eisenhart and Munchel were holding plastic handcuffs when they joined a mob in the Capitol that was chasing down two fleeing police officers.
Eisenhart praised her son to the press last week after he was arrested in Nashville.
Eisenhart claimed she and her son had no violent intentions, even though they were both wearing bulletproof vests on the day of the Capitol attack. Police allegedly found several guns on Munchel when he was arrested.
Munchel compared storming the Capitol to the American Revolution in an interview with the London Sunday Times. Eisenhart told the newspaper that she "would rather die a 57-year-old woman than live under oppression".
Munchel was originally accused of knowingly entering or staying in a restricted building or site without legal authority, and on one occasion of forced entry and disorderly behavior on the grounds of the Capitol.
The number of people arrested in the attack on the Capitol continues to rise. Far-right media personality "Baked Alaska" was arrested by the FBI on Saturday for his involvement in the Capitol attack, authorities told The Associated Press.
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