The “Camp Auschwitz” shirt-clad man, photographed during the deadly pro-Trump riots at the US Capitol, was arrested in Virginia on Wednesday.
Robert Keith Packer, a 56-year-old Newport News resident, was booked into a prison in the western Tidewater region by the U.S. Marshals Service at 8:53 am, according to inmates’ records.
The FBI̵7;s Norfolk Terrorism Task Force Arrested Robert Keith Packer of Newport News and Douglas Allen Suites of Grimsted, Virginia, on federal charges related to their role in the incident at the state agency. “Last week, FBI spokeswoman Christina Pallen said in a statement.
Packer is expected to be charged with illegal misconduct, unauthorized entry into the Capitol and misconduct.
The bearded, white man wearing a long-sleeved “Camp Auschwitz” sweater is one of the most striking images in last week’s uprising at the US Capitol, when a mob motivated by President Donald. Trump, who retired from office, has raided the building in hopes of overturning elected President Joe Biden. Election victory
The Auschwitz Concentration Camp is one of the most famous death camps run by the Nazis during the Holocaust and World War II. Packer sweaters also have the word “Work Brings Freedom” in homage to the German phrase “Arbeit macht frei” adorned at the gates of Auschwitz and other death camps.
Sidney Cohen, a Hampton, Virginia resident, said Packer owns an empty space near her home. She said the man in the “Camp Auschwitz” shirt and the defendant’s pitcher pictured in the Western Tidewater region prison record was the same person.
“I think it’s one thing to see things on television, you can shake your head and worry,” Cohen told NBC News on Wednesday. Personally involved (In the event of the riots) “
Cohen said she was depressed thinking about Packer might harbor anti-Semitic beliefs.
“He knows my name,” said 53-year-old Cohen. “It’s malicious, I don’t know, and it’s scary.”
It was not immediately clear whether Packer had hired an attorney. A representative for the local federal public defender said the office received Packer’s name for a possible representation. But no court consulted him as of Wednesday morning.
Polly DeFrank and Pete Williams Contribute