Capitol riot 'zip-tie-guy' arrested in Nashville Sunday

Jan 11, 2021

Eric Gavelek Munchel
Credit MNPD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  At least one Tennessee resident has been arrested in connection with the mob violence at the U.S. Capitol last week.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Middle Tennessee says Eric Gavelek Munchel was charged Sunday afternoon with one count of illegally entering the Capitol grounds and one count of disorderly conduct.

His case is being prosecuted by the Department of Justice Counterterrorism Section.

Authorities believe Munchel is the masked man photographed in the Senate Gallery carrying zip ties during Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol.

WKRN reports Munchel was fired from Kid Rock’s Nashville Honky Tonk last year.

The press statement from the Nashville U.S. Attorney's office announcing the charges is copied below in its entirety.

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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Two Men Charged in Connection with Events at U.S. Capitol

            WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two men were charged today in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.

            Larry Rendell Brock, of Texas, 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. Brock was arrested today in Texas.

            It is alleged that Brock was identified as one of the individuals who unlawfully entered the U.S. Capitol 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.

            Eric Gavelek Munchel, of Tennessee, 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. Munchel was arrested today in Tennessee.

            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.

            The information contained in the charging documents are merely allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.

            The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at fbi.gov/USCapitol.

Component(s): 

USAO - District of Columbia

Press Release Number: 

21-007