FBI arrest 2 men who carried plastic zip-tie handcuffs into Capitol building

by Peter Heck · Jan 12th, 2021 10:13 am

Last Updated Jan 12th, 2021 at 5:47 pm

Two men, Eric Gavelek Munchel and Larry Rendell Brock, have been arrested by federal officials after they were seen carrying zip-tie handcuffs during the riot at the Capitol building.

Brock is a retired Air Force Reserve officer who was turned into authorities by his ex-wife after she saw him on the television.

"I just know that when I saw this was happening, I was afraid he would be there," Brock's ex-wife said to FBI officials. "I think you already know he was there. It is such a good picture and I recognize his patch."

Brock was photographed wearing a green helmet and body armor. Like Munchel, Brock was caught carrying zip-tie handcuffs. But, unlike Munchel, Brock said that he had merely found them on the ground.

"I wish I had not picked those up," he reportedly said. "My thought process there was I would pick them up and give them to an officer when I see one. I didn't do that because I had put them in my coat, and I honestly forgot about them."

Brock was charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Munchel, meanwhile, was captured on video inside the Capitol building wearing black paramilitary gear and carrying the plastic zip-ties. Photos reveal that he also had something strapped in a holster on his right hip and appeared to be recording the events on a cell phone. He is currently charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority.


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