During the Capitol Riot, Robert Morss, a teacher, was seen attempting to rip away an officer’s baton, and others were charged.
On Friday, three individuals were detained and charged in connection with the January 6 Capitol disturbances, including Robert Morss, a Pennsylvania substitute teacher who was observed during the rioting attempting to tear away a police officer’s baton.
“Robert Morss of Glenshaw, PA was arrested this morning by @FBIPittsburgh on federal charges connected to illegal activities in the United States Capitol on January 6,” according to @FBIPittsburgh. In a tweet on Friday, the Western District of Pennsylvania State Attorney’s office said, “His initial appearance is planned at 2:30 p.m. in US District Court in Western PA.”
@FBIPittsburgh detained Robert Morss of Glenshaw, PA this morning on federal charges related to illegal activities in the United States Capitol on January 6. His initial appearance in US District Court in Western Pennsylvania is set for 2:30 p.m. pic.twitter.com/BeIz1l5qNu
June 11, 2021 — WDPAnews (@WDPAnews)
Morss was identified by officials in many pictures obtained during the Capitol disturbances, according to an affidavit released by the D.C. District Attorney’s Office. Morss was seen on camera attempting to break police lines several times, according to the affidavit, and at one point he tried to take an officer’s baton. According to the affidavit, Morss also attempted to remove the officer’s protective helmet visor.
“At 2:26 p.m., Morss may be seen on BWC [body worn camera]film for the second time. Morss looked to be addressing the policemen while wearing a neck gaiter over his mouth, and can be heard stating, “You people are betraying us.” ‘Do you get paid well enough to betray your country?’ “Then Morss points and says, ‘Look, they’re coming in over there,’” according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, at around 2:57 p.m. local time on January 6, Morss was seen on surveillance footage inside a tunnel that leads to the entrance of the Capitol, but eventually made his way inside the building through a broken window.
Morss was identified by witnesses who informed the FBI that he was a graduate of Penn State. The affidavit states that Morss was charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding officers; civil disorder; robbery of personal property of the United States; and obstruction of an official proceeding.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Morss is a substitute. This is a brief summary.