Zip Tie guy’s order to be released has been repealed, will be transported immediately to DC in federal custody. pic.twitter.com/nzBGUDub4X
— OSINTtechnical (@Osinttechnical) January 24, 2021
You are undoubtedly aware of the goings-on in the Capitol during the week before the Biden inauguration. You probably saw the guy in the buffalo horn hat in the well of the House, that other guy stealing Pelosi’s lectern, and the guy with what appeared to be a hammer-and-sickle tattoo on his hand, among others.
Do you remember Zip Tie Guy?
Zip Tie Guy received his nickname because he was seen swiping some flex cuffs from the Capitol during the brief time protestors occupied the building. Why not Flex Cuff Guy? Probably because it doesn’t rhyme or slip off the tongue quite as well. Anyway, Zip Tie Guy was arrested and law enforcement dug through his house for evidence of…well, something.
Here’s some of what they found as reported by KFOR News:
FBI agents with the Joint Terrorism Task Force discovered 15 firearms, including assault rifles, a sniper rifle with a tripod, other rifles, shotguns and pistols and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the home. They also located a drum-style magazine inside the residence.
Agents found most of the items [Eric Gavelek] Munchel was wearing the day of the riot, including the hat, patches, tactical gear and plastic white plastic handcuffs he was seen wearing in recordings captured during the violent mob.
But wait, there’s more:
Agents did not recover any cell phones during their search of the residence but learned that Munchel had provided a red iPhone to a friend for “safekeeping.” The phone was later seized for evidence.
In the phone recording of the riots, which Munchel had taped to his chest, he is heard telling someone in the crowd at the Capitol that he was “f***ing ready to f*** s*** up.”
Now, a lot of you are likely giving one another the side-eye after reading about fifteen firearms – a number many mainstream media publications predictably referred to as an “arsenal” or a “stockpile.” The drum magazine apparently spices things up, too, and is especially scary.
The reality is you could have one Remington 870 and a collection of airsoft and NERF toys and the media is going to characterize you as some sort of crazed, dangerous doomsday insurrectionist prepper. That’s the nature of the world in which we now live.
Check out the image above of what was allegedly found in Munchel’s house and tell me what you think of those specific firearms as part of a so-called arsenal.
Here’s the thing…Zip Tie Guy was one of thousands who broke John Farnam’s rule warning against going to stupid places with stupid people and doing stupid things. Munchel took it a step further by entering the Capitol building after strapping his cell phone to his body to make sure that he captured every nanosecond of evidence, er, I mean action.
A lot of the arrests that have been made as a result of the Capitol protest/riot/not-a-Boogaloo have happened courtesy of the participants’ social media accounts. Many people there posted photos of themselves in their feeds in real time. Others recorded and photographed images that have since been used against them and others who were there that day.
I’d like to say be able to say that no one I know is that dense, but there were a couple guys on my feed who were doing exactly that. It makes me feel like I should pull out Nick Joseph’s line of “Oh no baby, what is you doin’?”
There’s a paragraph at the end of the KFOR piece that explains why the prosecution is likely to have their way with Zip Tie Guy being declared a flight risk:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Munchel has a record of failing to appear on at least one prior occasion in a state-court matter, and took steps in this case to evade detection by law enforcement. The document adds that when it became clear he was a suspect in the case, he deactivated his Facebook account; gave his cell phone to an associate; and left his residence and failed to show up for his job.
So many things could be said here, but the bottom line is this: don’t be Zip Tie Guy. Aside from the general rules against general conspicuous stupidity, we could also add that you really would be wise not to provide evidence of yourself doing said stupid things. And if – when – you’re caught, running away will only make matters worse.
I get it, a lot of people say they want a revolution, but is what happened at the capitol really the way to go about creating change? You decide.