A man wearing the shirt of “Camp Auschwitz”, photographed in last week’s deadly Trump riot in the US Capitol, was arrested in Virginia on Wednesday.
Robert Keith Packer, a resident of Newcath News, was booked by the Marshals Service of America at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail at 8:53 am, according to inmate records.
The FBI’s Norfolk Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Robert Keith Packer of Newport News and Douglas Allen Sweet of Grimstead related to their role in the events in the US Capitol last week, FBI spokesman Christina Pullan said in a statement.
Packer is expected to be charged with unlawful conduct, entering the Capitol without permission and disorderly conduct.
A bearded man wearing a long-sleeved “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt was one of the most striking images captured in last week’s rebellion in the US Capitol, when the building in anticipation of the election of the Mob Presidential House by incumbent President Donald Trump Won the election victory.
Auschwitz was the most notorious death camp run by the Nazis during the Holocaust and World War II. Packer’s sweatshirt also includes the words “Work Bring Freedom” in a clear tribute to the German phrase “Erbit Much Free”, which adorned the gates of Auschwitz and other Death Corps.
A resident of Virginia, Sidney Cohen said Packer owns the vacant lot near his home. He stated that the “Camp Auschwitz” shirt and mug shot of the defendant who are listed in the Western Tidewater Regional Jail records are the same person.
“I think it’s one thing to watch things on television, you can shake your head and get worried,” Cohen told NBC News on Wednesday. “But it’s a different feeling to have someone you know personally involved (in the riots).”
Cohen said she trembles thinking of Packer, who is possibly harming anti-Jewish beliefs.
“He knows my name,” said 53-year-old Cohen, “It’s a malice I didn’t know about and it’s scary.”
It was not immediately clear if Packer hired a lawyer. A representative for the local federal public guard said the office had received Packer’s name for possible representation, but no court assigned him a lawyer until Wednesday morning.
Polly DeFrank and Pete Williams has contributed.