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Arsenal of weapons found during raid on zip tie guy home

More than 15 firearms and hundreds of ammunition were discovered in the home of the Nashville man who was photographed storming the Capitol building with a handful of zippers, according to a new lawsuit.

Eric Munchel has been charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, conspiracy and civil disorder after participating in the deadly riots earlier this month.

The 30-year-old was dubbed “ zipper man ” on social media after photos of him with plastic shackles in the Senate Gallery went viral during the violent siege.

In a lawsuit ahead of a detention hearing on Friday in Nashville, prosecutors described a January 10 search of the Munchel home that found assault rifles, a sniper rifle with a tripod, shotguns, pistols, hundreds of ammunition and a drum-style magazine. .

This photo, provided by the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, shows an evidence photo of assault rifles found during a search of Eric Munchel's home on Jan. 10

This photo, provided by the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, shows an evidence photo of assault rifles found during a search of Eric Munchel’s home on Jan. 10

Munchel's equipment

Munchel's equipment

FBI agents also found tactical gear Munchel had worn during the riot, as well as a vest that was “similar, if not identical” to the one his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, appeared to have worn that day.

Eric Munchel was quickly named as the man in the photo with a bundle of flexible cuffs while his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, stands nearby

Eric Munchel was quickly named as the man in the photo with a bundle of flexible cuffs while his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, stands nearby

Eric Munchel was quickly named as the man in the photo with a bundle of flexible cuffs while his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, stands nearby

FBI agents also found tactical gear Munchel had worn during the riot, as well as a vest that was “similar, if not identical” to the one his mother, Lisa Eisenhart, appeared to have worn that day.

The findings were revealed in a memorandum filed Wednesday requesting that Munchel be detained until trial amid allegations that he poses a threat to his community and a serious flight risk.

Prosecutors said Munchel traveled to Washington with Eisenhart, 57, who has also been charged and has a hearing scheduled for July.

The two attended Trump’s ‘Stop the Steal’ rally in which the former president reiterated his baseless allegations of electoral fraud and urged the crowd to march to the Capitol and ‘fight like hell’.

Prosecutors said they have reason to believe that Munchel had weapons with him in Washington that he had stored outside the Capitol before entering.

Munchel “saw himself as a revolutionary, in the form of those who overthrew the British government during the American Revolution,” court documents said.

Eric Munchel, 30, is depicted in his mugshot arrested in Nashville on Sunday

Eric Munchel, 30, is pictured in his mugshot on Sunday after being arrested in Nashville

Lisa Eisenhart, 57, was arrested on Saturday

Lisa Eisenhart, 57, was arrested on Saturday

Eric Munchel, 30, is depicted in his mugshot arrested in Nashville last Sunday. His mother, Lisa Eisenhart, 57, was arrested on Saturday

Eric Munchel, 30, left, is seen at the siege of the Capitol with his mom Lisa Eisenhart, 57

Eric Munchel, 30, left, is seen at the siege of the Capitol with his mom Lisa Eisenhart, 57

Eric Munchel, 30, left, is seen at the siege of the Capitol with his mom Lisa Eisenhart, 57

He was “dressed for battle” with “combat boots, military fatigues, a tactical vest, gloves and a cover that covered his entire face except his eyes,” the documents say.

He also wore a tranquilizer gun on his hip and attached a cell phone to his chest to record events.

Investigators later found the cell phone of a friend who got it from Munchel, according to court documents.

In cell phone video, Munchel recorded himself speaking to Eisenhart about not entering the Capitol with weapons.

According to the memorandum, Munchel says he must “take off my weapons before I go in there.”

Then Munchel and Eisenhart walk to a location where ‘a tactical bag and other items appear to be stored’, they take out items and deposit them in or with the bag.

Later, while walking around the Capitol, Munchel sees plastic handcuffs and says, “Zipties. I need a few, ”the court document said.

In a detailed look at his clothing, Munchel's 'expensive camouflage and tactical larp flare' helped identify Munchel

In a detailed look at his clothing, Munchel's 'expensive camouflage and tactical larp flare' helped identify Munchel

In a detailed look at his clothing, Munchel’s ‘expensive camouflage and tactical larp flare’ helped identify Munchel

Munchel and his mother reportedly drove from Nashville, Tennessee for the protest

Munchel and his mother reportedly drove from Nashville, Tennessee for the protest

Munchel and his mother reportedly drove from Nashville, Tennessee for the protest

Munchel and his mother reportedly drove from Nashville, Tennessee for the protest

Munchel and his mother reportedly drove from Nashville, Tennessee for the protest

Handcuffs were among the items found when investigators later ransacked Munchel’s home.

Federal prosecutors allege in the memorandum that Munchel’s crimes are serious and that he should be held pending trial to “ensure the safety of the community.”

He has made “statements indicating that he intends to engage in violent behavior because of his disappointment with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election,” the document states. It also notes that the riot in the Capitol resulted in five deaths.

It comes when Tennessee authorities announced earlier this week that they had taken Eisenhart into custody days after her son was arrested.

Photos of the mother and son duo went viral earlier this month after it was revealed that the couple had taken a stash of plastic cuffs to the protest.

Video footage clearly shows the couple holding the flexible cuffs as they attempted to chase two agents in the Capitol.

Eisenhart was charged Saturday with confined building without legal authority, violent entry or disorderly conduct into the Capitol, along with a conspiracy charge.

‘The left has everything: the media, organizations, the government. We must organize if we fight back and are heard, ”she told a newspaper during the protests.

The nurse, who wore a bulletproof vest like her son, added: “This country was born out of revolution. If they’re going to take all legitimate resources from us, and we can’t even express ourselves on the Internet, then we won’t even be able to speak up, what is America for?

“I’d rather die as a 57-year-old woman than live oppression. I’d rather die and fight. ‘

She and son Eric Munchel are said to have been expelled from Nashville, Tennessee especially for the protest.

When Eisenhart was interviewed this week, the tune had softened a bit as she insisted that she and her son had no violent intentions when they stormed the Capitol, despite the photos of them with the plastic tapes.

“ We saw the zippers on top of an already opened closet in the hallway in the Capitol, ” Eisenhart said The Tennessean. “We arrested them to prevent them from falling into the hands of bad actors.”

The couple was also videotaped among a small group that broke into the Senate Chamber.

Munchel told The Times of London: ‘We wanted to show that we are willing to stand up, work together and fight if necessary. The same as our forefathers who founded this country in 1776. It was a kind of muscle flexion. ‘

He claims that he thought he was welcome to enter the US Capitol and as his mother said he “found” the zippers and only picked them up so he could hand them over to a police officer.

“We don’t see this as a grand conspiracy, but we are interested in what people would do with things like zip ties,” a law enforcement official told The Washington Post when the photos were released.

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