Investigators seized a “completely completed U.S. Capitol Lego set” and a notebook containing instructions on how to form a “hometown militia” from Robert Morss, 27, court records published by The Smoking Gun revealed.
Robert Morss is accused of leading rioters in one of the most intense and prolonged fights with police officers, who were trying to contain the protesters.
On June 11, Morss was detained and charged with four charges of breaking into the Capitol building, forming a rioting shield wall against police, and entering the building through a broken window, reports the NYPost.
While at the Capitol, Morss was wearing tactical gear and a “MAGA” hat as he led other Trump supporters attempting to breach the Capitol’s Lower West Terrace, taking a riot shield from a Metropolitan Police Department officer at one point.
The Pennsylvania man “came prepared for violence and then repeatedly led the violent mob attacking,” prosecutors stated.
At the time of his arrest, he had a revolver, shotgun, and rifle, as well as a notebook with the title “Step by Step To Create Hometown Militia.” “Battle Drills,” “Ambush,” and “Formations” according to the report.
Also, officers discovered materials Morss took to the Capitol at his home, including a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, a neck gaiter, a tourniquet, and military attire, according to DOJ papers.
Morss is a military veteran, according to an unnamed witness, and may battle with certain mental health concerns as a result. He was a substitute social studies teacher at the Shaler Area School District, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
While Morss’ employment and military background are known, it’s unknown if he utilized the Capitol LEGO set as a teaching tool or to prepare his January 6 attack, reported Business Insider.
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon asked, “Is the suggestion that this guy planned the riot using toys the way Doc Brown planned to send Marty back to the future?”
Many others took to Twitter with thoughts on the report:
No one needs more than 1,000 Lego pieces. We need commonsense Lego control now.
How is this a news story? There are maps of the capital all over the web. You don’t need hundreds of hours of Lego construction for LARPing.
How is this a news story? There are maps of the capital all over the web. You don’t need hundreds of hours of Lego construction for LARPing. https://t.co/5HCOc5uo8F— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) July 7, 2021
“THIS IS THE POLICE. OPEN UP. WE KNOW YOU HAVE LEGOS INSIDE.”
“THIS IS THE POLICE. OPEN UP. WE KNOW YOU HAVE LEGOS INSIDE.” pic.twitter.com/w6IpFkZYuJ— Logan Hall (@loganclarkhall) July 7, 2021