PITTSBURGH, PA – Prosecutors seized a “fully constructed” Lego set of the U.S. Capitol from a man they have charged with leading part of the failed insurrection against Congress in Washington, D.C. on January 6.
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) July 7, 2021
Robert Morss, 27, from Glendale, stands accused of involvement in the Capital siege that attempted to interrupt the certification of the 2020 Presidential election.
According to court documents filed by federal prosecutors, FBI investigators seized an array of firearms from Morss’ home, as well as what the court filings described as a “fully constructed U.S. Capitol Lego set.”
The criminal complaint read:
“An individual wearing tan camouflage clothing with a tactical style vest, scissors tucked in the front of the vest, tan gloves, and at times a red baseball style hat, who was subsequently identified as Morss… can be seen in multiple photos by the media on January 6, 2021.
“MORSS is subsequently captured on video near the frontline of rioters who pushed past police guarding the Capitol, organizing a shield wall in the violent attack on officers inside the Lower West Terrace tunnel, and entering into the Capitol through a broken window.”
According to prosecutors, during the siege, Morss was videotaped grabbing an officer’s baton and trying to take it from the officer. In another video, he is seen forcing a fence from a Metropolitan Police officer and carrying it into the crowd.
Morss was captured on another video shouting at police officers saying, “You guys are betraying us. You get paid enough to betray your people?” and “This is our Capitol. This is our Capitol.”
Multiple videos captured Morss attacking officers both outside and inside the Capitol during the attack. He was observed several times on video talking to other rioters and can be heard issuing orders to them.
According to a court filing dated July 2, investigators recovered clothing and other items from Morss’ home that matched what he wore and carried on Jan. 6. Among the items were a “’Don’t Tread on Me’ flag, a neck gaiter, a military utility bag, a black tourniquet, and military fatigues.”
While serving the search warrants, investigators located the “fully constructed U.S. Capitol Lego set,” the court documents read.
It is unknown if the Lego set was used in planning any part of the Capitol siege, but Twitter seemed to have fun with the detail. Journalist Michael Tracy tweeted:
“Indeed — not just a partially assembled Lego set. A fully assembled Lego set. Chilling.
“Oh my god, the trauma and terror never stops.”
Indeed — not just a partially assembled Lego set. A fully assembled Lego set. Chillinghttps://t.co/JGDW9j13kA
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 7, 2021
Kevin Weiler responded to Tracy’s tweet posted with a photograph of a miniature Washington D.C. made of Legos:
“Legoland insurrection training grounds in California.”
Legoland insurrection training grounds in California pic.twitter.com/ImuKat8Me8
— kevin Weiler (@ktowninthehouse) July 7, 2021
Another Twitter user mused:
“We need to ban the Lego Architecture series. These building models are just too powerful in the wrong hands.”
We need to ban the Lego Architecture series. These building models are just too powerful in the wrong hands 🤡
The Hill: FBI seized ‘fully constructed’ US Capitol Lego set from home of alleged rioter | TheHill.https://t.co/ri0P9iWiBx
— 🇮🇱🦞That One Jew🦞🇮🇱 (@DaJewgernaut) July 8, 2021
Prosecutors do not consider the issue to be a laughing matter. they allege Morss, a former Army Ranger and Penn State graduate who was a substitute teacher at the Pittsburgh-area Shaler Area School District, directed other rioters amid “one of the most intense and prolonged clashes” that took place that day.
Morss has been held in custody since his arrest on June 11. He is charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers; obstruction of an official proceeding; civil disorder; and robbery of personal property of the United States.
Morss appeared briefly before a federal magistrate judge in Pittsburgh Friday afternoon but waived all hearings to federal court in the District of Columbia, where his case will be heard.
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‘Shaman’ who raided the Capitol demands an organic diet and presidential pardon – judge grants diet request
January 15, 2021
PHOENIX, AZ – The “Q Shaman” has spoken, and the courts have listened. Now, he hopes the President is also listening.
The “Q Shaman”, who dressed like a mix between a bull and a coyote as he prominently participated in the invasion of the Capitol on January 6, has apparently changed his focus from overthrowing the cabal of Satan-worshiping cannibalistic pedophiles running a global child sex-trafficking ring trying to overthrow Donald Trump to the less ambitious goal of changing the menu at the federal prison where he has been detained.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, the 33-year-old rioter who paraded around as the bare-chested, tattooed mascot for the QAnon conspiracy group in the Phoenix area before taking his show to Washington DC, has refused to eat since being lodged in an undisclosed Arizona detention center since his arrest on January 9.
Chansley has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
This judge said he’s concerned that is is not eating and demanded he gets organic food.
There’s over 80 inmates in ICE detention centers on hunger strike. No judge is concerned bout their conditions. https://t.co/SRtxxLJEJM
— zellie (@zellieimani) January 12, 2021
According to public defender Gerald Williams, Chansley has refused to eat unless he is given an organic diet. On Monday, Chansley appeared before Magistrate Judge Deborah Fine. Williams told the court that Chansley has a restricted diet.
Williams admitted during the hearing that he did not know if the diet restrictions were medical or religious.
BUSTED “Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, of Arizona, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority & with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Chansley was taken into custody today” pic.twitter.com/gHu9Rd9B3T
— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) January 9, 2021
The man who strolled through the Capitol acting like a tribal leader while five people, including a police officer, lost their lives even called his mom for help. Martha Chansley told reporters outside the courthouse that her son needed an organic diet:
“He gets very sick if he doesn’t eat organic food. He needs to eat.”
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 14, 2021
Judge Fine told Williams the claims were “deeply concerning,” and instructed him to contact the U.S. Marshal’s office to resolve the issue. “Mr. Chansley needs to eat,” she said.
The U.S. Marshal for Phoenix, David Gonzalez, said that the Marshals Service would accommodate Chansley’s diet request if so ordered by the court.
“For religious or health reasons, if (inmates) need a special diet, we are required to accommodate them.”
“QAnon Shaman” Jake Angeli has not been granted organic diet by judge, court says https://t.co/ehhtGeJrcv
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) January 14, 2021
The “Q Shaman”, who also goes by Jake Angeli, has also been vocal in the past about his doubts that the COVID-19 virus was real. However, he agreed to appear at the court hearing via telephone from a quarantined section of the dentation facility.
Chansley recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to his attorney. He did not object when asked by Judge Fine whether he agreed to appear by telephone to comply with pandemic restrictions.
The self-proclaimed shaman was mostly polite and compliant during the court hearing, mostly responding “yes, your honor” to questions.
At the hearing, the judge ordered Chansley held until a hearing on Friday, where she will decide if he should be held or released pending trial.
“Q Shaman” Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli told the FBI he went to Washington D.C. “at the request of the President that all ‘patriots’ come to D.C.” pic.twitter.com/hNJaPas36A
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 9, 2021
On Thursday, Chansley’s new attorney, Albert Watkins, released a statement arguing that President Trump should grant his client a pardon. In the statement, Watkins argued:
“My client had heard the oft-repeated words of President Trump. The words and invitation of a president are supposed to mean something.
Given the peaceful and compliant fashion in which Mr. Chansley comported himself, it would be appropriate and honorable for the president to pardon Mr. Chansley and other like-minded, peaceful individuals who accepted the president’s invitation with honorable intentions.”
He’s not laughing now.
Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman,” faces up to 20 years in prison.
But, “The U.S. Marshal’s Office told ABC15 that Chansley would be provided an organic diet in line with his shamanic diet.”
— Nemo (@i_nautilus) January 15, 2021
Through his attorney, Chansley said he thought he was simply honoring the demands of his president:
“Mr. Chansley is an American; he served honorably in the US military. He has zero criminal history. He is a lover of nature, routinely practices meditation, is an active practicer of yoga, and eats only organic food.
“He took seriously the countless messages of President Trump. He believed in President Trump. Like tens of millions of other Americans, Chansley felt—for the first time in his life—as though his voice was being heard.”
NEW: Jacob Anthony Chansley, a.k.a. Jake Angeli, of Arizona, the man roaming the halls of the U.S. Capitol with war paint on his face, dressed in horns and a bearskin headdress while carrying a spear, has been arrested and charged in federal court. https://t.co/KLgMLLpxH6 pic.twitter.com/WHUFMEaDrZ
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 9, 2021
In a Thursday court filing, federal prosecutors said that Chansley was part of an effort to capture and assassinate elected officials:
“(Capitol Police) Officer Robishaw was attempting to quell the crowd and move them out of the area (inside the Capitol). Chansley approached Officer Robishaw and screamed, among other things, that this was their house, and that they were there to take the Capitol, and to get Congressional leaders. Chansley also used his bullhorn to communicate that they were there to take out several United States congressmen.
“Officer Robishaw, alone with more than 25 rioters in the Senate Chamber, attempted to engage with Chansley and asked for his assistance to use the bullhorn to get the protestors out of the Chamber. Instead of doing so, Chansley ran up on the dais where Vice President Pence had been presiding just minutes before and began posing on the dais for other rioters to document and photograph, and wrote a note to Vice President Pence saying, ‘it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.’”
One-by-one these assholes are going down!
— ♍Mr. Ol Skool♍ (@SirOlSkool) January 9, 2021
In the filing, federal prosecutors warned the court that Chansley posed a grave risk to the public and U.S. government officials if he were released pending trial:
“Chansley is the radicalized follower-turned-leader of a dangerous extremist group, and a symbol of the insurrection and assault on the Capitol last week…Chansley has also previously espoused identifying and then ‘hanging’ ‘traitors’ within the United States government.
“Despite the riot on January 6, Chansley has stated his intent to return to Washington for President-Elect Biden’s inauguration.”
— R Joseph (@rjoseph7777) January 15, 2021
Chansley, who lives with his mother, is a regular user of psychedelic drugs, according to prosecutors. They also claim he suffers from mental health issues. Prosecutors wrote:
“Chansley has spoken openly about his belief that he is an alien, a higher being, and he is here on Earth to ascend to another reality.”
The “Q Shaman” will return to court this afternoon via telephone from a quarantined location.
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