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One of essentially the most enduring photographs of the assault on the U.S. Capitol was that of a long-haired, bearded man carrying a black sweatshirt with a cranium and crossbones graphic and the phrases “Camp Auschwitz” in massive font.
The FBI, in an affidavit launched previous to a courtroom look Wednesday, recognized him as Robert Packer, 56, of Newport News, Va.
Packer was arrested at his residence, in response to the affidavit, and appeared Wednesday in a digital listening to earlier than U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas Miller in Norfolk. Packer faces two prison counts: knowingly coming into or remaining in any restricted constructing or grounds with out lawful authority; and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
The affidavit mentioned Packer was first recognized by “media shops” and that the FBI matched pictures taken on the Capitol with Packer’s drivers license. The affidavit included photographs of Packer each inside and outside the Capitol that had appeared on social media and on a British tv community.
Camp Auschwitz refers back to the advanced of German labor and extermination camps in occupied Poland throughout World War II, wherein greater than 1 million folks have been murdered, most of them Jews. Packer’s sweatshirt additionally included the phrases “work brings freedom,” an inexact translation of the German slogan over the camp’s entrance gate, “arbeit macht frei.”
Packer was launched on his personal recognizance, in response to Norfolk NBC affiliate WAVY. He was not required to put up bond however was ordered to keep away from Washington, D.C. He has a digital courtroom look scheduled for Jan. 19 in U.S. District Court for D.C.
The appearing U.S. lawyer for Washington Michael Sherwin says a whole bunch of individuals are anticipated to be charged in reference to the assault on the Capitol.
The affidavit included a safety digicam picture from Dec. 11 of Packer carrying the identical sweatshirt, in a retailer close to Newport News. An unidentified witness had contacted the FBI to say that Packer was an everyday buyer on the retailer. The witness didn’t know Packer’s identify.