June 21, 2021

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Ex-Georgia resident charged as ‘zip tie guy’ in Capitol riot – Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Eric Gavelek Munchel of Tennessee is believed to be the person known as the “zip tie guy” for carrying plastic restraints during the incursion. The FBI also said he was carrying “an item in a holster on his right hip, and a cell phone mounted on his chest with the camera facing outward, ostensibly to record events that day.”

The profile on Munchel’s apparent Facebook page indicated he was from Blue Ridge, Georgia, and attended Fannin County High School. Records show he previously lived in Fulton County and had faced battery charges in an incident in 2013. Munchel was arrested in Fulton County in 2014 on charges of marijuana possession and speeding to which he entered a negotiated plea, according to Fulton County records.

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