A man who was seen wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt during last week’s deadly insurrection at the US Capitol was arrested by US Marshals in Virginia on Wednesday.
Robert Keith Packer, 56, was booked into Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk on federal felony charges.
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Photos of Packer participating in the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol, including an ITV News report where people next to him showed off that they’d torn down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s nameplate, quickly went viral online.
As Buzzfeed News reports: “For many, the blatantly white supremacist outfit he wore symbolized the racist elements of the violent attempted coup. Packer’s navy sweatshirt advertising the Nazi death camp, where an estimated 1.1 million people were killed during the Holocaust, also included an English translation of the “Work Brings Freedom” sign that stood over its gates.”
According to Packer’s arrest warrant, he was charged for knowingly entering a restricted building and for violent entry and disorderly conduct.
Here's the Arrest Warrant for Robert Keith Packer. He's charged with:
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Packer appeared in a remote court appearance on Wednesday, where a judge announced that as a condition of Packer’s release, he is not allowed to go to DC while he is on bail, unless it’s for a mandated court appearance. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 19.
10 On Your Side spoke with neighbors of a property that public records indicated was owned by Packer, and they confirmed they recognized him.
“When you wear a T-shirt that glorifies the atrocities during WWII against the Jewish people and other people. It really hurts your heart,” Packer’s neighbor Sydney Cohen said.
Congratulations, Bob, you wanted people to see your Camp Auschwitz sweatshirt and they did. https://t.co/7lcXlPuAeB
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) January 13, 2021
Sources speaking to CNN said that Packer previously worked as a welder and pipe-fitter and was a “long-time extremist who has had run-ins with the law.”