Mom Of 'Zip Tie Guy' In Capitol Mob Arrested In Nashville

Mary Papenfuss
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A man in camouflage swinging plastic hand restraints, identified by law enforcement as Eric Munchel, jumps among seats in the Capitol after it was stormed Jan. 6.
A man in camouflage swinging plastic hand restraints, identified by law enforcement as Eric Munchel, jumps among seats in the Capitol after it was stormed Jan. 6.

FBI agents on Saturday arrested the mother of the man who became known as “zip tie guy” after authorities said he was videotaped in camouflage swinging plastic handcuffs inside the Capitol when rioters stormed it Jan. 6.

Lisa Eisenhart, a nurse from Georgia, was taken into custody in Nashville, and charged along with her son, 30-year-old one-time bartender Eric Munchel, on federal conspiracy offenses.

The mother and son had booked a hotel room in the District of Columbia and stormed the Capitol together, said federal law enforcement authorities. Both were seen on the Senate floor in surveillance footage during the assault on the building, officials said.

“As the Congress was engaged in the official business of certifying the electoral college vote, Eisenhart and Munchel knowingly and willfully joined a mob of individuals to forcibly enter the U.S. Capitol with the intent to cause a civil disturbance designed to impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct of business by the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate,” said the criminal complaint against them.

The complaint said Eisenhart and Munchel held plastic hand restraints as they joined a mob inside the Capitol that was pursuing two fleeing police officers.

Eisenhart praised her son to the press last week after he was arrested in Nashville.

Eisenhart claimed she and her son had no violent intentions, even though both wore bulletproof vests the day of the Capitol attack. Police allegedly recovered several guns at Munchel’s home when he was arrested.

Munchel compared the storming of the Capitol to the American Revolution in an...

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