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Ex-Army Ranger Who Joined Capitol Riot Has To Stay In Jail For His Trial

A former Army Ranger who became a substitute teacher and joined the Capitol rioters on Jan. 6 has been ordered to remain in prison until his trial after a federal judge found him too dangerous to be released.

Robert Morss, of Pittsburgh, was criticized by the judge for using his military training to help organize the rioters who eventually broke through the United States Capitol.

Federal Magistrate G. Michael Harvey said Morss helped organize a “shield wall” composed of equipment taken from the police that rioters used to march against the Capitol guards.

The decision came hours after new videos of Morss were released by the Justice Department, which reportedly portrayed him teaming up with other rioters and inciting clashes with police.

Robert Morss, (pictured) a former Army Ranger who joined the Capitol rioters, was ordered to remain in prison for the trial after a federal judge found him too dangerous to be released

Robert Morss, (pictured) a former Army Ranger who joined the Capitol rioters, was ordered to remain in prison for the trial after a federal judge found him too dangerous to be released

Morss, of Pittsburgh, was charged with using his military training to help organize rioters who eventually broke through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Morss, of Pittsburgh, was charged with using his military training to help organize rioters who eventually broke through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Morss, of Pittsburgh, was charged with using his military training to help organize rioters who eventually broke through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The decision came hours after new videos of Morss were released by the Justice Department, allegedly showing him collaborating with additional rioters and inciting clashes with police.

The decision came hours after new videos of Morss were released by the Justice Department, allegedly showing him collaborating with additional rioters and inciting clashes with police.

The decision came hours after new videos of Morss were released by the Justice Department, allegedly showing him collaborating with additional rioters and inciting clashes with police.

Morss was identified in the videos with superimposed boxes and arrows

Morss was identified in the videos with superimposed boxes and arrows

Morss was identified in the videos with superimposed boxes and arrows

Police footage shows Morss talking to other rioters shortly before grabbing a fence and pulling it away from the police line

Police footage shows Morss talking to other rioters shortly before grabbing a fence and pulling it away from the police line

Police footage shows Morss talking to other rioters shortly before grabbing a fence and pulling it away from the police line

Morss was identified in the videos with boxes and arrows superimposed, and shows him conversing with other rioters shortly before grabbing a fence and pulling it away from the police line.

Another video shows Morss handing stolen police shields to other rioters, while another reveals to him entering the Capitol through a broken window.

Judge Harvey said Morss is “willing to use his education or experience to organize with the rioters on Jan. 6…making their actions more effective, forceful and violent.”

Harvey added that the rioters “seemed disorganized” until Morss, who was “in his element” as a former Army Ranger, began giving instructions.

Another video shows Morss handing stolen police shields to other rioters, while another reveals to him entering the Capitol through a broken window

Another video shows Morss handing stolen police shields to other rioters, while another reveals to him entering the Capitol through a broken window

Another video shows Morss handing stolen police shields to other rioters, while another reveals to him entering the Capitol through a broken window

In newly released footage, Morss was identified during the January 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, collaborating with other rioters and inciting clashes with police.

In newly released footage, Morss was identified during the January 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, collaborating with other rioters and inciting clashes with police.

In newly released footage, Morss was identified during the January 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, collaborating with other rioters and inciting clashes with police.

In newly released footage, Morss was identified during the January 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, collaborating with other rioters and inciting clashes with police.

In newly released footage, Morss was identified during the January 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, collaborating with other rioters and inciting clashes with police.

In newly released footage, Morss was identified during the January 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, collaborating with other rioters and inciting clashes with police.

Morss was taken into federal custody on June 11 on assault, robbery and other charges for his alleged participation in the January 6 riots at the United States Capitol.

Morss was taken into federal custody on June 11 on assault, robbery and other charges for his alleged participation in the January 6 riots at the United States Capitol.

Morss was taken into federal custody on June 11 on assault, robbery and other charges for his alleged participation in the January 6 riots at the United States Capitol.

In addition, federal investigators also included photos of Morss dressed in uniforms trying to snatch an officer's baton, trying to snatch shields, trying to force a guard's flagpole and trying to grapple with a fencing from the hold of an officer.

In addition, federal investigators also included photos of Morss dressed in uniforms trying to snatch an officer's baton, trying to snatch shields, trying to force a guard's flagpole and trying to grapple with a fencing from the hold of an officer.

In addition, federal investigators also included photos of Morss dressed in uniforms trying to snatch an officer’s baton, trying to snatch shields, trying to force a guard’s flagpole and trying to grapple with a fencing from the hold of an officer.

Pentagon records show that Morss was deployed to Afghanistan three times and was a specialist when he retired

Pentagon records show that Morss was deployed to Afghanistan three times and was a specialist when he retired

Pentagon records show that Morss was deployed to Afghanistan three times and was a specialist when he retired

Morss was taken into federal custody on June 11 on assault, robbery and other charges for his alleged participation in the January 6 riots at the United States Capitol.

He is glad he is not guilty of all charges.

Morss served in the military from 2011 to 2015. Pentagon records show he was deployed to Afghanistan three times and was a specialist when he retired.

After Morss was arrested, investigators “recovered a fully-built U.S. Capitol Lego set” from his home.

He was alleged to have been in possession of a pistol, a shotgun and a rifle.

After Morss was arrested, investigators found “a fully-built Lego set of the United States Capitol” (similar to the one in the photo) from his home and is said to have been in possession of a handgun, shotgun and rifle.

A search of his car uncovered a notebook in which he allegedly wrote “Step by Step to Create Hometown Militia.” The notebook contained a list of gear items and steps such as ‘Battle Drills’, ‘Ambush’ and ‘Formations’. The notebook also contains references to ‘Bring Kit/Body Armor’; ‘Bring Assault Rifle’: and ‘4 Magazines.’

A search of his car uncovered a notebook in which he allegedly wrote “Step by Step to Create Hometown Militia.”

The notebook contained a list of gear items and steps such as ‘Battle Drills’, ‘Ambush’ and ‘Formations’.

The notebook also contains references to ‘Bring Kit/Body Armor’; ‘Bring Assault Rifle’: and ‘4 Magazines.’

According to court documents, Morss was identified by witnesses who told investigators he was a graduate of Penn State University and a veteran who may have suffered mental health issues from his military service.

Federal investigators say that during the siege of the Capitol, Morss gathered, directed and made multiple attempts to organize members of the mob to get past the Capitol guards.

In addition, federal investigators also included photos of Morss dressed in uniforms trying to snatch an officer’s baton, trying to snatch shields, trying to force a guard’s flagpole and trying to grapple with a fencing from the hold of an officer.

Federal investigators said Morss also wore clear glasses during the riots.

They say he instructs others to take out cameras and organized rioters to form a wall with the stolen officer shields that would eventually be used to crush a guard against the doors.

Federal prosecutors allege that Morss was seen several times trying to break the police line.

According to a CNN review of court documents and Pentagon data, at least 45 of the approximately 450 defendants indicted in the Capitol uprising have ties to the United States military. That’s about one in ten people who are charged.

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