The man wearing a Auschwitz shirt, photographed during the deadly riots in support of Trump in the US Capitol, was arrested in Virginia on Wednesday, officials said.
Robert Keith Packer, a 56-year-old Newport News resident, was booked into the West Tidewater Regional Jail by the U.S. Marshals Service at 8:53 a.m., according to inmates.
During Packer’s initial appearance, he was told he was charged with two federal crimes: entering or staying in a restricted building and forcibly entering or hooliganism while on the Capitol.
He was not asked to rule before a federal judge in Norfolk, who said Packer would be released on bail. He was ordered to stay away from Washington, except for his case.
His next court date was set for Tuesday afternoon. Packer had no choice but to acknowledge his name and agree to the terms of his release.
A bearded white man wearing a Camp Auschwitz long-sleeved sweatshirt was among the most impressive images taken during last week’s uprising in the US Capitol, when crowds instigated by outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the building in hopes of overturning the election. for President Joe Biden wins the election.
Auschwitz is one of the most famous death camps run by the Nazis during the Holocaust and World War II. Packer’s sweatshirt also includes the words “Work brings freedom,” in clear homage to the German phrase “Arbeit macht frei,” which was written at the gates of Auschwitz and other death camps.
Sidney Cohen, a resident of Hampton, Virginia, said Packer has the free space near his home. She said the man depicted in the Auschwitz camp shirt and the shot on the defendant’s mug, recorded in the West Tidewater prison records, was the same man.
“I think watching things on TV is one thing, you can shake your head and worry,” Cohen told NBC News on Wednesday. “But it’s a different feeling to have someone you know personally involved in the riots.”
Cohen said he shuddered at the thought of Packer, who may be hiding anti-Semitic beliefs.
“He knows my name,” said Cohen, 53. “It’s a malice I didn’t know about and it’s scary.”
It was not immediately clear whether Packer had hired a lawyer.
Polly Defranc and Pete Williams contributed.