Mother of ‘Zip Tie Guy’ granted bond with restrictions on conspiracy charges tied to insurrection

ATLANTA — A federal judge in Nashville has ordered that a Georgia nurse who was accused of being involved in the insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, can be released on bond.

Lisa Marie Eisenhart has been charged with conspiracy “with persons known and unknown,” after she was photographed with her son during the Jan. 6 attacks in Washington, D.C.

Her son, Eric Gavelek Munchel, who has since earned the nickname “Zip Tie Guy,” was caught in photos at the U.S. Capitol wearing military gear and carrying weapons and zip ties.

“U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey S. Frensley found probable cause as to all charges and the case will be sent to the grand jury.  Judge Frensley determined that pre-trial detention was not warranted and ordered Eisenhart released from custody, pending trial.  The government requested a stay of the order pending appeal and Judge Frensley stayed the order until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow.  Eisenhart will remain in custody until then pending the ruling of the U.S. District Court in D.C.,” the court announced in a statement on Monday night.


Munchel, 30, lives in Nashville but once lived in DeKalb and Fulton counties, Channel 2 Action News learned.

Munchel’s Facebook page, also contained in the warrant, said he is from Blue Ridge and attended Fannin County High School. The page was removed Jan. 9.

Eisenhart showed a Georgia driver’s license when getting the pair a hotel room in Washington, D.C. Video surveillance showed both Eisenhart and Muchel on the Senate floor after the U.S. Capitol was breached.

Video footage reviewed by federal agents showed Eisenhart and Munchel in the vicinity of the mob of individuals attacking Capitol police officers. Video footage also showed both of them inside the Senate chambers.

Eisenhart was also caught on surveillance cameras holding the plastic restraints. She also gave an interview in which she said,  “This country was founded on revolution. I’d rather die a 57-year-old woman than live under oppression. I’d rather die and would rather fight.”

Federal charging documents showed that Munchel and Eisenhart shared a P.O. box in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

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