The man sporting a “Camp Auschwitz” shirt who was photographed eventually week’s lethal pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol, was arrested in Virginia on Wednesday, jail data confirmed.
Robert Keith Packer, a 56-year-old Newport News resident, was booked into Western Tidewater Regional Jail by the U.S. Marshals Service at 8:53 a.m., in response to inmate data.
Robert Keith Packer wears a “Camp Auschwitz” shirt throughout protests on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.EOG
The FBI’s Norfolk Joint Terrorism Task Force “arrested Robert Keith Packer of Newport News and Douglas Allen Sweet of Grimstead, Virginia on federal charges related to their role in the events at the U.S. Capitol” final week, FBI spokeswoman Christina Pullen mentioned in a press release.
Packer is predicted to be charged with illegal conduct, getting into the Capitol with out permission and disorderly conduct.
A bearded white man sporting a long-sleeved “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt was among the many most hanging photos snapped eventually week’s rebel on the U.S. Capitol, when mobs incited by outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the constructing in hopes of overturning President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
Auschwitz was one essentially the most infamous dying camps run by Nazis through the Holocaust and World War II. Packer’s sweatshirt additionally consists of the phrases “Work Brings Freedom,” in obvious homage to the German phrase “Arbeit macht frei” which was at emblazoned at the gates of Auschwitz and other death camps.
Sydney Cohen, a Hampton, Virginia resident, said Packer owns the vacant lot near her home. She said the man pictured in the “Camp Auschwitz” shirt and defendant’s mug shot listed in Western Tidewater Regional Jail records are the same person.
“I feel seeing issues on tv is one factor, you possibly can shake your head and be fearful,” Cohen told NBC News on Wednesday. “But it is a completely different feeling to have somebody that you recognize personally to be concerned (within the riots).”
Cohen said she shudders thinking about Packer possibly harboring anti-Semitic beliefs.
“He is aware of my title,” said Cohen, 53. “It’s a malice I did not find out about and it is scary.”
It wasn’t immediately clear if Packer had hired an attorney. A representative for the local federal public defender said the office had received Packer’s name for possible representation, but no court had assigned him counsel by late Wednesday morning.
David Ok. Li is a breaking information reporter for NBC News.
Shamar Walters is a reporter for NBC News’ Social Newsgathering group primarily based in New York City.
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