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The US Capitol rioter photographed wearing a sweatshirt bearing the phrase “Camp Auschwitz” was arrested Wednesday in Virginia, according to jail records.
Robert Keith Packer, 56, was booked by the US Marshals Service in Norfolk just before 9 a.m., online records show.
Packer is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, local outlet WAVY reported, citing federal charging documents.
Packer was allegedly among the horde of supporters of President Trump who stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to prevent the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win, a riot that ended with five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.
Packer stood out among the crowd because of a sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase “Camp Auschwitz,” a reference to the infamous Nazi death camp in occupied Poland.
The phrase “Works Brings Freedom” — a rough translation of the German “Arbeit Macht Frei,” written above the gates of Auschwitz — also appears on the sweatshirt.
Packer is expected to make his first court appearance in Norfolk on Wednesday afternoon, according to WAVY.
He will join dozens of people from across the country now charged in the riot — a figure that officials said Tuesday will likely grow into the hundreds.
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