Robert Keith Packer — Photographed Wearing ‘Camp Auschwitz’ Shirt — Among Those Arrested After Insurgency

Topline

Authorities have begun arresting and charging some of the prominent rioters who took part in an attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday that left members of Congress scared for their lives and the halls of the building trashed. Here’s who’s been taken into custody so far:

Key Facts

Robert Keith Packer, who was seen outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office wearing a sweatshirt saying “Camp Auschwitz” was arrested Wednesday in Newport News, Virginia, according to multiple reports.

Aaron Mostofsky, the son of a Brooklyn judge who reportedly wandered around the Capitol wearing fur pelts and carrying a riot shield he claimed to find on the floor, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with illegal entry and other offenses, the New York Times reported.

John Marzulli, Public Information Officer for the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, told Forbes’ Andrew Solender that Mostofsky, 34, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if convicted for theft of government property, his top charge.

Police on Sunday arrested Eric Gavelek Munchel and Larry Rendell Brock, two men spotted in a series of chilling photos carrying around zip tie handcuffs and wearing military-style vests in the Senate chamber.

Jacob Anthony Chansley (a.k.a. Jake Angeli) of Arizona—who authorities say is the man widely photographed wearing buffalo horns and fur while storming shirtless through the Capitol—was arrested Saturday and charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, D.C. prosecutors said.

The man appearing to steal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) podium in a viral Getty photo, Adam Johnson, was arrested on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

According to multiple reports, 60-year-old Richard Barnett, of Arkansas, was arrested Friday morning, after a photo of him sitting in a chair in Pelosi’s office and putting one of his feet up on her desk was widely shared and shown in media reports.

West Virginia state Rep. Derrick Evans (R) has also been arrested and charged, according to NBC News, after breaking into the Capitol while on a livestream while he shouted “Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”

Nick Ochs, the founder of “Proud Boys Hawaii” who took a selfie while smoking a cigarette inside the Capitol, was arrested Thursday night at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport as he returned to Hawaii, according to multiple reports.

Lonnie Coffman, of Alabama, was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm (destructive device) and carrying a pistol without a license, with prosecutors saying he had 11 Molotov cocktails in his vehicle.

Mark Leffingwell has been charged with assault on a federal law enforcement officer and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds after he allegedly struck a police officer in the helmet and chest after forcing his way into the Senate chamber.

The FBI has released dozens of images of rioters asking for more information, and has received thousands of tips as they look to track down more of the rioters.

Charges for the rioters have included entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry and theft of public property.

Other Arrests

Several others have been charged so far in D.C. federal court. These are their names and charges, as they appear on a DOJ news release:

—Cleveland Meredith was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with making interstate threats to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

—Christopher Alberts, of Maryland, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with carrying or having readily accessible, on the grounds of the United States Capitol Building, a firearm and ammunition. Specifically a Taurus G2C, 9mm handgun and 9mm caliber ammunition. The defendant appeared in district court and was released. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 28, 2021.

—Joshua Pruitt, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. The defendant appeared in district court and was released. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 28, 2021.

—Matthew Council, of Florida, was charged on Jan. 7, 2021, with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Council allegedly unlawfully entered the Capitol building, and when stopped by law enforcement, he pushed the officer.

In addition, Cindy Fitchett (of Virginia), Michael Curzio (of Florida), Douglas Sweet (of Florida), Bradley Ruskelas (of Illinois), Terry Brown (of Pennsylvania) and Thomas Gallagher, whose home state was not given, were all charged Thursday with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; or knowingly, with intent to impede government business or official functions, engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. 

According to the DOJ, around 40 others are also facing local charges in D.C. Superior Court, mainly for unlawful entry, along with curfew and firearm violations.

Key Background

Rioters organized online and openly planned to assault the U.S. Capitol, with some even taking the time to print t-shirts that said “Civil War January 6, 2021.” Still, law enforcement appeared completely unprepared for the mob that stormed that Capitol after being riled up Thursday morning by President Donald Trump, and significant efforts are now underway to remove him from office before his term ends in 12 days. For much of Wednesday afternoon, rioters moved relatively unimpeded throughout the U.S. Capitol building, and most of the arrests on Wednesday were for curfew violations after D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered the streets to be clear by 6 p.m. The lack of preparedness by Capitol Police has been widely condemned, especially since they responded with violence against mostly peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020. On Thursday, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund announced his resignation.

Tangent

Some of the rioters took more extreme measures than just trashing the Capitol. Explosive devices with the potential to cause “great harm” were found outside both the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee headquarters.

Crucial Quote

“We will continue to methodically assess evidence, charge crimes and make arrests in the coming days and weeks to ensure that those responsible are held accountable under the law,” Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen said Thursday. 

Further Reading

This Man Has Been Identified—And So Have Others Captured In Photos And Video Participating In Capitol Mob (Forbes)

Capitol Police Chief Resigns Over Pro-Trump Riots (Forbes)

Criminal Charges In Capitol Storming Coming On Thursday, Acting Attorney General Says (Forbes)

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2021/01/13/robert-keith-packer—photographed-wearing-camp-auschwitz-shirt—among-those-arrested-after-insurgency/