Local substitute teacher arrested by FBI-Pittsburgh in connection to U.S. Capitol riot – WPXI | #teacher | #children | #kids

GLENSHAW, Pa. — A Glenshaw man was arrested Friday morning by the FBI-Pittsburgh on federal charges related to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, authorities said.

Robert Morss, who was a substitute teacher in the Shaler Area School District, was identified through video and photos, some of which were taken near the National Monument before the Capitol was stormed.

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A video allegedly shows Morss “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,” a criminal complaint stated.

At one point while trying to push through a fence outside the Capitol, Morss was seen grabbing an officer’s baton and trying to rip it away, according to the complaint. He later yelled into the crowd, telling people to pass up police riot shields to create a shield wall.

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Investigators said the broken window Morss climbed through led to a hideaway office for members of Congress, though it “was not specifically assigned to anyone” on that day.

Morss is charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees, as well as civil disorder, robbery of personal property of the United States and obstruction of an official proceeding.

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