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Man in a shirt from Camp Auschwitz, photographed in the U.S. The Capitol Riot in Virginia, Arrested
A week after the deadly anti-democracy rebellion, Robert Keith Packer, who lives in Newport News, was taken into custody.
During the U.S. riot, Robert Keith Packer was wearing a Camp Auschwitz sweater. On Jan. 6 at the Capitol.

The guy sporting a Camp Auschwitz shirt that was photographed at the deadly pro-Trump riot in the U.S. last week. Capitol was arrested in Virginia on Wednesday, officials said.

The man, Newport News' Robert Keith Packer, 56, was booked by the U.S. into the Western Tidewater Regional Jail. Marshals Operation, according to inmate reports, at 8:53 a.m.

Robert Keith Packer of Newport News and Douglas Allen Sweet of Grimstead, Virginia, were arrested by the FBI's Norfolk Joint Terrorism Task Force last week on federal charges linked to their involvement in the events at the U.S. Capitol, FBI spokeswoman Christina Pullen said in a statement.

In a Jan. 7 arrest warrant, Sweet was appointed, accused of entering or staying in a limited building and intentionally planning to hinder or disturb the orderly conduct of government business.

Packer was informed at an initial hearing that he was charged with two federal crimes: intentionally entering or staying in a small building and aggressive entry and disorderly activity on Capitol grounds, according to an arrest warrant signed by the U.S. on Tuesday. In Washington, D.C., Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather

Two photos of Packer wearing the 'Camp Auschwitz' shirt were used in a criminal complaint written by FBI Special Agent Paul Fisher, claiming that he was photographed during the riot.

In a Newport News store on Dec. 11, the agent included another picture of Packer, appearing to wear the same shirt.

A stakeout from Packer's home Monday revealed that, Fisher wrote, he was driving the same vehicle he used in the Dec. 11 store visit.

Packer was not asked to file a U.S. plea. Judge Douglas E. Miller, the judge, said that he would be released without bail. For anything but his situation, Packer was told to stay out of Washington.

On Tuesday afternoon, his next court date was set. Packer spoke only to recognize his name and to accept the terms of his release.

One of the most striking photographs snapped during last week's Capitol revolt was a bearded white man sporting a long-sleeved Camp Auschwitz sweatshirt, as mobs incited by President Donald Trump stormed the building in the hope of overthrowing the election victory of President-elect Joe Biden.

During the Holocaust and World War II, Auschwitz was one of the most infamous death camps operated by the Nazis. The sweatshirt of Packer also bears the slogan "Work Brings Freedom," a clear reference to the German expression "Arbeit macht frei," which was emblazoned at the gates of Auschwitz and other death camps.

Robert Keith Packer
Robert Keith Packer

Sydney Cohen of Hampton, Virginia, said the empty lot near her home is owned by Packer. She said the man pictured in the shirt of "Camp Auschwitz" and in the mug shot by the defendant in the records of Western Tidewater Regional Jail are the same guy.

One thing I think is watching things on TV. You can shake your head and be concerned,"I think seeing things on television is one thing. You can shake your head and be worried," "But it's a different feeling to have someone that you know personally to be involved"

Cohen said she shudders to think of the potentially anti-Semitic views of Packer.

"He knows my name," Cohen, 53, said. "It's a malice I didn't know about, and it's scary."

Whether Packer had retained an attorney was not immediately clear.

Capitol rioter in ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt identified as Hampton Roads man