Officials said the man wearing an “Auschwitz concentration camp” shirt was photographed before the deadly Trump riot in the US Capitol last week.
According to prisoners’ records, Robert Keith Packer, 56, is a Newport News resident, and was booked into the Western Tidewater Regional Prison at 8:53 am by the U.S. Marshals.
The FBI spokeswoman Christina Pullen said in a statement that the FBI’s Norfolk Joint Terrorism Task Force “arrested Robert of Newport News last week. Keith Packer (Robert Keith Packer) and Douglas Allen Sweet (Douglas Allen Sweet) of Grimstead, Virginia, were charged with their roles in the U.S. Capitol incident.
According to an arrest warrant signed by U.S. District Judge Robin Meriweather in Washington on Tuesday, during his first appearance in court, Parker was told that he was charged with two federal crimes: deliberately entering or staying in a restricted building , As well as violent entry and illegal acts on the grounds of the Capitol.Direct current
The criminal lawsuit written by special FBI agent Paul Fisher included two photos of Packer̵
The agent also placed another Packer image in the Newport News store on December 11, appearing to be wearing the same shirt.
Fisher wrote that a staking of Packer’s house on Monday showed that he was driving the same car as the one used during the shop visit on December 11.
Parker was not required to plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Douglas E. Miller, who said that Parker would be released on bail without bail. Packer has nothing to do except his case and can only leave Washington, DC.
His next court appointment is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Packer did not speak other than confirming his name and agreeing to the terms of his release.
A bearded white man wearing a long-sleeved “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt is the most eye-catching image in last week’s US Capitol uprising, when the mobs were outgoing President Donald T. Trump incited the president-elect Biden, who rushed into the building and overturned, to hope for an election victory.
Auschwitz was one of the most notorious death camps during the Nazi Holocaust and World War II. Packer’s sweatshirt also contains the word “work brings freedom” to pay tribute to the German phrase “Arbeit macht frei” posted at the gates of Auschwitz and other death camps.
A resident of Hampton, Virginia, Sydney Cohen (Sydney Cohen) said Parker owns an open space near her home. She said that the man wearing the “Auschwitz camp” shirt was the same person in the shooting of the defendant listed in the prison records of the western tide area.
Cohen told NBC News on Wednesday: “I think it’s the same thing to watch on TV. You can shake your head and worry.” “But it’s a different feeling to involve people you know in a riot.”
Cohen said she was upset that Packer might harbor anti-Semitism.
Cohen, 53, said: “He knows my name. It’s malicious that I don’t know, and it’s terrifying.”
It is not clear whether Packer has hired a lawyer.
Polly DeFrank and Pete Williams Contributed.