Man known as ‘zip tie guy’ in Capitol attack once lived in Georgia

ATLANTA — A man seen holding zip ties during the attack at the U.S. Capitol last week once lived in Georgia.

Eric Gavelek Munchel, 30, was arrested in Nashville this week after images showed him inside the Senate chambers in paramilitary gear and carrying zip ties and something in a holster on his hip.

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Munchel was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, according to a release.

Channel 2 Action News learned that Munchel once lived in DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Munchel faced charges of battery, marijuana possession and speeding in 2013 and 2014 in Fulton County.

According to an arrest warrant, Munchel is seen with his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, for much of the rally and he can be seen talking on a live stream video taken just hours after the chaos.

The federal arrest warrant goes in to detail how investigators identified Munchel from photos seen in the Capitol, where they say Munchel is seen holding the restraints and a holster on his hip. Officers interviewed Munchel who said the the holster contained a taser that he said he carried for self-protection.

Munchel’s Facebook page, also contained in the warrant, say he is from Blue Ridge an attended Fannin County High School. The page was removed on January 9.

Munchel was ordered to remain in federal custody in a hearing on Monday afternoon. A hearing next Tuesday will determine if he’ll be given a bond.

Records show Eisenhart is a registered nurse in Georgia. She was seen walking on Capitol grounds but was not charged.

Munchel is the second man with ties to Georgia to face federal charges after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

Cleveland Grover Meredith was arrested in Washington, D.C. after he threatened to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on live television. Meredith went to Lovett High School and once owned a car wash in Smyrna. He has since moved to North Carolina.

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