A US Capitol rioter caught on camera menacingly clutching disposable restraints while sporting paramilitary gear is a former bartender from Nashville who stormed the Senate with his mom, according to a report Sunday.
Eric Munchel, 30 — photographed holding the zip-tie-like handcuffs while he climbed over press gallery chairs — said he and his 57-year-old mother, Lisa Eisenhart, breached the building, according to the Times of London.
“We wanted to show that we’re willing to rise up, band together and fight if necessary. Same as our forefathers, who established this country in 1776. It was a kind of flexing of muscles,” said Munchel, who wore a bulletproof vest during the riot.
The photograph of him, which went viral this week, led to speculation that violent, misguided rioters were potentially planning to take hostages.
But Munchel — who admitted to bringing a Taser that was confiscated earlier in the day — said the goal was simply to get inside the