Sumary of Accused Capitol rioter's defense lawyers claim 'pipe bomb' found at his house was a police training prop:
- But Thomas Robertson’s lawyer says it was a training prop for law enforcement.
- Robertson is a former police officer with the Rocky Mountain Police Department in Virginia.
- Federal investigators found what appears to be an improvised explosive at an accused Capitol rioter’s home, but his lawyers said the “pipe bomb” is simply a training tool used by law enforcement.
- Thomas Robertson, a former police officer with the Rocky Mountain Police Department in Virginia, breached the Capitol on January 6, prosecutors allege in court documents.
- Department of Justice Prosecutors pushed to revoke his release order after discovering more weapons and the pipe at Robertson’s home, leading Judge G.
- Robertson’s attorneys allege that the pipe bomb found in his garage was used to instruct an Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training class, also known as “ALERRT.
- ” The defense said Robertson was a “level II” instructor for ALERRT before the police department fired him in the aftermath of January 6.Investigators also said they discovered fake grenades with fuses at Robertson’s residence.
- The defense reiterated in a court filing that the fuses were used as a training device to simulate a grenade and asked for Robertson to be let out on house arrest.