'Zip Tie Guy' And His Mom Discussed Stashing Weapons Outside Capitol: Court Filing

Written by on January 21, 2021

Eric Munchel, the person generally known as the “zip tie man” who was arrested together with his mom after the Capitol assault, apparently stashed firearms outdoors earlier than storming the constructing, Justice Division legal professionals acknowledged in a pretrial memo.

Munchel’s personal cellular phone, which was taped to his chest to report the assault, filmed a dialogue concerning the weapons, in keeping with the court docket submitting.

Munchel, 30, and his 57-year-old mom, Lisa Eisenhart, have been arrested in Nashville, Tennessee, this month after they have been videotaped contained in the breached Senate chamber on Jan. 6. Munchel, wearing navy fatigues, was photographed swinging zip ties, typically used for hand restraints, as he jumped among the many seats. Each Munchel and Eisenhart wore bulletproof vests. The court docket submitting stated Munchel carried a Taser in a holster on his hip.

The Justice Division memo filed Wednesday argued that the weapons mentioned and a cache present in Munchel’s house reveal that he’s a “critical hazard to the neighborhood” and a flight danger, and shouldn’t be launched on bail.

The memo didn’t specify what sort of weapons have been allegedly stashed outdoors the Capitol through the assault. However the doc listed 15 firearms that the FBI present in Munchel’s house later, together with “assault rifles,” a “sniper rifle,” a “drum-style journal” that can be utilized for speedy firing, and “a whole bunch of rounds of ammunition.”

The mom and son have been captured on Munchel’s video discussing weapons shortly earlier than coming into the Capitol, in keeping with the court docket submitting. Eisenhart warned they might go to federal jail in the event that they went into the constructing with firearms, the memo acknowledged. Munchel responded: “Yeah, that’s why I’m not getting into there,” in keeping with the memo. Eisenhart allegedly responded: “We will put em’ within the backpacks.” They have been then filmed apparently hiding a “tactical bag and different objects,” in keeping with the memo. Authorities apparently didn’t get well what was hidden.

Munchel was additionally seen on the video greeting and “fist-bumping” a member of the anti-government extremist Oath Keepers, the memo acknowledged.

At one level, on their manner into the Capitol, Munchel is recorded saying: “We ain’t enjoying fucking good no god rattling extra,” the court docket submitting recounts. Eisenhart replies: “That’s proper.”

Munchel and his mother have been charged with illegally coming into the Capitol and federal conspiracy. Eisenhart advised the London Sunday Instances after she was photographed within the Capitol that she would “fairly die as a 57-year-old lady than stay underneath oppression.”

Munchel advised a reporter the day the Capitol was stormed that he was able to “stand up” and “combat if crucial,” in keeping with the court docket memo.

Munchel couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

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