Munchel is charged with 11 criminal counts related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Photos and video taken that day show him and his mother, metro Atlanta nurse Lisa Marie Eisenhart, inside the Capitol and on the Capitol grounds. Munchel provided one of the enduring images of the Capitol riot when photos circulated online showed him clambering over seats in the U.S. Senate with a handful of plastic wrist restraints, earning him the nickname “zip-tie guy” by online sleuths working to identify the rioters.
Munchel and Eisenhart were arrested in the days after the riot and initially were held without bond. They appealed that decision and were finally released on bond at the end of March. Munchel was released to the custody of a friend identified in court records as “Mrs. Miller,” who allowed him to stay in her two-bedroom apartment with four other adults.
Last month, Munchel filed a motion asking to be transferred to the custody of his brother, saying he did not “want to impose on (Miller’s) extraordinary generosity any longer.” In the motion filed this week, prosecutors noted Munchel’s “contributive behavior to his eviction” and asked the judge to order Munchel to “not use alcohol, at all, while on pre-trial release.”
Munchel grew up in Blue Ridge and attended Fannin County High School. Prior to leaving the state, he had a number of brushes with the law, including arrests for marijuana possession and battery.
If convicted of their current charges, Munchel and Eisenhart potentially could face years in federal prison.