A man who was captured in several photographs attending the U.S. Capitol breach last week while wearing a sweatshirt phrased "Camp Auschwitz" was arrested on Wednesday, authorities have confirmed.
Detectives also recovered his identity after an investigation led to surveillance footage of Packer as a routine customer at a local Virginia store near Newport News while wearing the same shirt bearing the name of the Nazi concentration camp where about 1.1 million people were killed during World War II.
In addition to the Dec. 11 picture that depicts Packer at the store, he was also seen on a surveillance camera while driving his car, the documents show.
Authorities surveyed the vehicle parked on the front lawn of Packer's residence and confirmed the car to be consistent with the suspected vehicle from the surveillance footage.
"A query was conducted on the license plate of the vehicle and identified the registered owner of the vehicle as Robert Keith Packer," Fisher said in the affidavit.
During his virtual hearing on Wednesday at a federal court in Norfolk, Packer was not asked to enter a plea and was released on a personal recognizance bond and barred from entering or visiting Washington. His next virtual court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 19 out of a D.C. courtroom.
Packer's "Camp Auschwitz" shirt also contained the phrase, "Work Brings Freedom," a rough translation that appeared on the entrance of German concentration camps.
In the wake of the Jan. 6 protest, two online stores that had permitted the creation and sale of “Camp Auschwitz” shirts removed them from their sites.
It is currently still unclear who instigated the breach of the building.