‘Zip Tie Guy’ release blocked by federal judge, AP reports

Tennessee — A Tennessee man who authorities said carried zip ties at the U.S. Capitol during the riot on January 6 has had his release temporarily blocked by a federal judge, according to the Associated Press.

Eric Munchel of Nashville had been granted release by a lower-court judge who said that he wasn’t a flight risk and didn’t pose harm to the public, the AP said.

However, a federal judge in Washington D.C. felt differently, setting aside the lower court’s ruling.

Munchel was arrested in Tennessee on January 10.

Now, he will at least remain in custody at least until he is transported to Washington D.C. for a hearing Monday.

In a statement to our sister station in Nashville, FOX17, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Middle District of Tennessee said:

“Magistrate Judge was Jeffrey S. Frensley found probable cause and the case will now be sent to the grand jury. As for detention, Judge Frensley found that conditions existed to allow for Mr. Munchel to be released and ordered him to be released. The government asked for a stay of the order pending appeal. Judge Frensley stayed the order until 10 am on Monday and Munchel will remain in custody until then pending the ruling of the U.S. District Court in D.C.”

He is charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, conspiracy and civil disorder.

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If convicted, Munchel faces up to 20 years in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.