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Georgia mother of man known as 'zip tie guy' arrested in connection to US Capitol riot

Court documents confirm that Eric Munchel and his mother, Lisa Marie Eisenhart, now face charges in connection to the Capitol riot.

NASHVILLE, Tenn — Authorities now say the mother of a man with Georgia connections who made headlines as the "zip tie guy" during a riot at the U.S. Capitol has now been arrested.

11Alive has received court documents confirming that Eric Munchel and his mother, Lisa Marie Eisenhart, now face charges of conspiracy, civil disorders, restricted building or grounds, and violent entry or disorderly conduct.

The complaint with arrest warrants was assigned on Friday. A tweet by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee reveals that Eisenhart was taken into custody by FBI agents in Nashville on Saturday afternoon. Munchel had been arrested in the same city roughly a week earlier.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Protesters enter the Senate Chamber on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. Pro-Trump protesters have entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

New documents suggest that there is probable cause to believe both Munchel and Eisenhart "knowingly and willfully conspiring with persons known and unknown" to violate the law.

The documents allege Eisenhart traveled to Washington with her son and that investigators have photos and video showing both at a hotel - and later at the Capitol as it was stormed. It also alleges that the two were standing near as a mob attacked officers guarding the Senate chambers.

The documents also allege the mother and son had flex cuffs in their hands and later entered the Senate chambers.

The complaint also includes excerpts from a story from The Times newspaper quoting Munchel as saying, "We wanted to show that we're willing to rise up, band together and fight if necessary. Same as our forefathers, who established this country in 1776."

Eisenhart, in the article, suggests they went in as "observers" but it also details statements suggesting otherwise.

"This country was founded on revolution...I'd rather die a 57-year-old woman than live under oppression," she is quoted as saying in court documents further referencing the story.

Meanwhile, the court documents suggest Munchel was encountered by law enforcement on Jan. 6 wearing black camouflage pants and a black holster containing a taser. Munchel had admitted to participating in the rally earlier in the day and said the stun gun was for self-protection.

Both mother and son also appear to have at least past connections to Georgia.

Documents also show that both Munchel and Eisenhart had a physical address in Fort Myers, Florida in common and a post-office box in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Documents also show that Eisenhart rented a hotel in D.C. using a Georgia driver's license on Jan. 4 and checked out on Jan. 7.

Furthermore, Fulton and DeKalb County court records show Munchel previously lived in the Dunwoody area and had faced misdemeanor charges in both counties.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.