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Front Line Rioter & Obvious Genius Arrested With a List of How To Do Crimes and Fully Constructed Capitol Lego Set

Pro-Trump supporters look on from a crowd in front of the US Capitol building during the Jan 6 insurrection.

27-year-old Robert Morss is one of the people charged with participating in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, and according to court documents, he made it pretty easy for investigators to make sure he was their guy, leaving behind a trove of evidence including weapons, handwritten instructions for how to create a “hometown militia,” and a fully-constructed LEGO® model of the Capitol building.

It would be pretty silly to think that Morss would have been using the LEGO set for any sort of reconnaissance purposes. However, we’re also talking about a man who composed a document that might as well have been labeled “How To Do the Exact Crimes I Am Accused Of” and then left it out for investigators to find so I don’t think we can rule anything out based on silliness alone.

According to his arrest warrant, Morss didn’t just participate in the riot, but he seemed to fancy himself a leader. The FBI provided evidence that appears to show Morss on the front line of multiple violent encounters, including repeatedly grabbing police officers’ weapons and shields and trying to take them, sometimes successfully. There is also footage showing him at the front of crowds violently pushing through police guarding doorways and yelling instructions to other rioters, getting them to “organize” and form a “shield wall.”

On Wednesday afternoon, “Legos” was trending on Twitter, mostly because of right-wing responses to the Daily Beast’s headline about the set, insisting that it’s ridiculous for the FBI to focus on someone’s LEGOs instead of actual violent criminals.

Of course, if any of these people had bothered to actually read the article, they’d know that the LEGOs, while funny, were literally parenthetical in the court document listing the items seized. Much more important are the other things listed, including multiple weapons and, again, a handwritten list titled “Step by Step To Create Hometown Militia,” which included reminders like “Bring assault rifle” and “4 magazines.”

The fact that Morss appears to have also gone full Doc Brown in his approach to the Capitol is not not concerning. But it is by far the least worrisome thing found in his home (while also being objectively hilarious).

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(via The Daily Beast, The Smoking Gun, image: Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.