The man wearing the “Camp Auschwitz” shirt photographed last week during the pro-Trump riots Arrested in American Capitol, Virginia On Wednesday, officials said.
Robert Keith Packer, a 56-year-old Newport News resident, was charged at 8:53 a.m. by the U.S. Marshals Service at the West Tightwater Regional Jail, according to inmate records.
The FBI’s Norfolk Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Robert Keith Packer of Newport News and Douglas Alan Sweet of Grimstead, Virginia last week.
At the initial appearance, Packer was charged with two counts of aggravated assault: trespassing or restraining while entering a restricted building and being on a capital basis.
He was not asked to enter a petition before a federal judge in Norfolk, saying Packer would be released without bail. He was ordered to stay out of Washington D.C.
His next court date was set for Tuesday afternoon. Packer said nothing but acknowledge his name and accept the terms of his release.
During an uprising in the US capital last week, a bearded white man wearing a long-sleeved “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt stormed a building sparked by President Donald Trump’s outburst in hopes of overthrowing President – elect Joe Biden. Election victory.
Auschwitz was one of the worst death camps run by the Nazis during the Holocaust and World War II. In honor of the German phrase “Orbit Much Free” engraved on the gates of Auschwitz and other death camps, the words “work gives freedom” are included in Packer’s sweatshirt.
Hampton Sydney Cohen, who lives in Virginia, said Packer has vacant space near his home. He said the man shot in the “Camp Auschwitz” shirt and the defendant’s mug shot listed in the West Tightwater Regional Prison records were the same person.
“I think watching things on TV is one thing, you might shake your head and worry,” Cohen told NBC News on Wednesday. “But getting someone you know personally (in riots) is a different feeling.”
Cohen said that when thinking about Packer, there is room for anti-Semitic beliefs.
Cohen, 53, said, “He knows my name.” It’s an evil I don’t know, it’s scary. “
It was not immediately clear whether Packer had hired a lawyer.
Polly Difrank and Pete Williams Contributed.