The FBI seized a LEGO set of the US Capitol building from a January 6 riot suspect

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US Capitol made of LEGO
Modelbuilders put-up Christmas decorations on a replica of the Capitol Building in Mini-Land at Legoland California in Carlsbad, California. Sandy Huffaker/Corbis via Getty Images
  • Robert Morss was arrested June 11 on suspicion of taking part in the January 6 US Capitol assault.

  • The FBI confiscated Morss' LEGO set of the US Capitol during his arrest.

  • It's not clear how Morss used it, or whether it factored into his alleged involvement in the riot.

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Investigators took a fully constructed LEGO set of the US Capitol when arresting an alleged January 6 rioter at his home, according to the Department of Justice.

Robert Morss was arrested on June 11 and charged with four separate counts of breaking into the Capitol building, organizing a shield wall of rioters against police, and entering the building through a broken window.

An anonymous witness told investigators Morss is a military veteran and may "struggle with some mental health issues due to" it. Morss wore tan camouflage and military-style gear while at the Capitol. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette identified him as a substitute social studies teacher in the Shaler Area School District.

But while Morss' employment and military history is known, it's unclear if he used the Capitol LEGO set as a teaching tool or to plan his approach on January 6. DOJ filings say officers found items Morss took to the Capitol in his home such as a "Don't Tread on Me" flag, a neck gaiter, tourniquet, and the military clothing. He also possessed a handgun, shotgun, and rifle at the time of his arrest as well as a notebook that included "Step by Step To Create Hometown Militia." The steps included "Battle Drills," "Ambush," and "Formations."

US prosecutors argued on July 2 Morss should continue to be held in pre-trial detention because of what authorities found at the time of his arrest, and said "the government respectfully submits that there are no conditions or combinations of conditions which can effectively ensure the safety of another person."

Exactly six months after the attempted insurrection, Insider has tracked over 540 arrests along with 13 guilty pleas. The FBI released a new cache of videos on Tuesday in an attempt to identify more of the January 6 protestors.

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