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Eric Munchel biography: 13 things about Zip Tie Guy from Nashville, Tennessee

Eric Gavelek Munchel (©Metro Nashville Police Department)

Eric Gavelek Munchel (©Metro Nashville Police Department)

Eric Gavelek Munchel was one of the Donald Trump supporters who breached the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. They disrupted a joint session of Congress to certify the vote of the Electoral College and affirm Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

Munchel was dubbed the Zip Tie Guy. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He is the son of Laurence William Munchel and Lisa Marie Eisenhart. (a)
  2. He is the younger brother of Alex Gavelek Munchel. Their mother is married to Lester Leyor Eisenhart. (a)
  3. In June 2013, officers from Sandy Springs Police Department in Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA arrested him and Jeremy Martine on battery charges. (b)
  4. In 2014, he was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and speeding in Fulton County, Georgia. (d)
  5. In 2015, he stood trial for misdemeanor battery charges in Fulton County. (c)
  6. In 2017, he worked as a bartender at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille in Florida, USA. (c)
  7. In March 2020, his mother booked a Southwest Airlines flight for him from Nashville, Tennessee, USA to Fort Myers. (d)
  8. He worked at Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk, a bar and concert venue on Broadway Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He was terminated in November 2020. (c)
  9. When he joined the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he carried plastic restraints. There was also an item in a holster on his right hip and a cell phone mounted on his chest with the camera facing outward. (e) When law-enforcement officers encountered him at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. that day, he was wearing black camouflage pants and a black holster containing what appeared to be a handgun. (d)
  10. He was 30 years old when he joined the U.S. Capitol riot with his mother on January 6, 2021. He said the intentions of entering the U.S Capitol building were not to fight the police. He explained, “The point of getting inside the building is to show them that we can and we will.” (b)
  11. On January 10, 2021, FBI agents arrested him in Nashville. At 2:52 p.m. that day, he was booked into the Metro Davidson County Jail in Nashville. (g) He 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 the U.S. Capitol grounds. (f)
  12. On January 11, 2021, he appeared before a federal judge and was appointed an attorney.
  13. He will remain in custody until his next hearing on January 19, 2021. (h)

(This is a developing story. More details will be added soon.)



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