‘Zip tie guy’ arrested in Nashville in connection to U.S Capitol riot, FBI says

WASHINGTON, D.C — A man in Nashville was charged today in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Eric Gavelek Munchel is accused of being one of two men who stormed the U.S. Capitol with zip-ties. He is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Larry Rendell Brock of Texas was also arrested for entering the capitol during the riot with zip ties and faces similar charges.

According to the United States Department of Justice, both men were arrested Sunday in Tennessee and Texas, respectively.

It is alleged that Brock was one of the individuals wearing a green helmet, green tactical vest with patches, black and camo jacket, and beige pants holding a white flex cuff, which is used by law enforcement to restrain and/or detain subjects.

It is alleged that Munchel was inside of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Photos depicting his presence show a person who appears to be Munchel carrying plastic restraints, an item in a holster on his right hip, and a cell phone mounted on his chest with the camera facing outward, ostensibly to record events that day.

These cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the DOJ’s National Security Division, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. The cases are being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the FBI’s Dallas Field Office, the FBI’s Memphis Field Office and the United States Capitol Police.