| Fort Myers News-Press
Eric Gavelek Munchel, who has been charged in connection with the invasion of the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of President Trump, was a registered voter in Fort Myers as recently as last November, Lee County voter records show.
Munchel, 30, was listed as a resident of Reflection Cove Drive in the sprawling Reflection Lakes community as recently as Nov. 30, according to the county voter registration list.
He is believed by authorities to be the “zip tie guy” whose picture was among those circulated around the country following the Capitol invasion.
A photograph purported to be Munchel shows him dressed in combat gear jumping over a railing in the Capitol holding a handful of the ties, which are used by police officers when detaining suspects.
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The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported that he had worked at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, which has multiple locations in Lee County.
Munchel was first registered to vote in Lee County in May 2018 but did not vote in Florida in the 2020 presidential election.
Vicki Collins, communication director for the Election Supervisor’s office, said he was sent a postcard after the election inquiring about his residential status, but he did not respond.
He has a minor police record in Lee County, including a ticket in 2017 for driving without a license, 2018 citations for failure to display registration information and for not paying the toll for the Sanibel Causeway, and a parking ticket from 2019.
Fines for each of his motor vehicle infractions have been referred to a collection agency.
Prior to moving to the Reflection Cove address, Munchel resided at 5233 Red Cedar Drive, part of the Lennox Apartments, a 72-unit complex off Summerlin Road near Boy Scout Drive.
The Commercial-Appeal also reported that a person named Eric Munchel worked at Kid Rocks Big Ass Honky Tonk in Nashville but was terminated 60 days ago.
Fulton County, Georgia, court records show Munchel stood trial for misdemeanor battery charges in 2015. Records on the final disposition of the case weren’t immediately available, the Commercial-Appeal reported.