A man who was pictured wearing a ‘Camp Auschwitz’ sweatshirt while inside the Capitol building last week was arrested in Newport News, Va. On Wednesday morning in connection with the riot of the Capitol, according to two law enforcement officials.
The man, Robert Keith Packer, had been seen on the Capitol grounds in several photographs and his black sweatshirt, with his reference to the Nazi extermination camp and a skull, had sparked widespread outrage. The media had previously identified Mr Packer based on accounts from people who knew him.
Mr Packer’s sweatshirt also included the phrase “Work brings freedom”, which is a rough translation of “Arbeit macht frei”. The German words were welded onto an iron arch that stood above one of the gates of the death camp, where over 1.1 million people were killed in World War II.
The Washington federal prosecutor said this week that more than 70 people linked to the chaos on Capitol Hill had already been charged with crimes and that he expected “hundreds” to eventually be charged. Prosecutors were planning to lay a series of charges against the rioters, including seditious conspiracy, murder and trespassing. Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said investigators have already identified at least 170 people suspected of committing crimes.