Two more men have been charged in connection with Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, including a rioter photographed in the Senate chamber holding zip ties, the Department of Justice announced Sunday.
Larry Brock of Texas and Eric Munchel of Tennessee both face charges of unlawful entry on restricted property and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
According to the Justice Department’s press release, Munchel was the man photographed in tactical gear carrying zip ties in the Senate chamber. According to The New Yorker, Brock is an Air Force veteran, having served in combat in Afghanistan.
John Scott-Railton, a researcher at the University of Toronto, tipped off law enforcement to Brock’s identity, according to The New Yorker, identifying him through the patches he was wearing as well as facial-recognition software.
Zip ties are used by some police departments to restrain detainees in lieu of handcuffs, leading some counter-terrorism experts to speculate that the rioters were planning on taking hostages, as the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.
Five deaths have been linked to the riot. Four of the dead were pro-Trump insurrectionists, among them Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by authorities after attempting to break into the Speaker’s Lobby.
One Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, died after allegedly being struck with a fire extinguisher by rioters.
‘Zip-Tie Guy’ Eric Munchel Arrested for Storming the U.S. Capitol, Feds Say The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ The Daily Beast.