The way Bell told the story, both to us over the phone and on his blog, he’d just received the Lego gun kit in the mail on Wednesday and had brought it to work. It sat in its box until the end of the day, at which point he opened it up.
“I decided to put it together,” he wrote on his blog earlier today. “I literally assembled it, handed it to a co-worker (who promptly broke it), and then put it back in the box.”
Then, he went to go unwind with some colleagues over a game of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
“So we’re sitting there just playing some games,” he said, “and probably like an hour or two later, around seven o’clock or so, I could hear screaming in the elevator.” He took off his headphones and went to investigate.
“I’m thinking it’s some kind of domestic dispute outside, until I heard my own name. And then it’s like: oh shit, that’s not good.”
Bell describes what happened next on his blog:
“I sheepishly opened the door to see what was going on, only to discover a SWAT member crouched in the stairwell yelling at me and another directing a small mirror into the hall. The guy in the door had a weapon with a flashlight pointed at me, so I couldn’t really see what was going on, but I was instructed to put my hands on my head and turn around. With my hands up, I had to lift my shirt and slowly spin around. Once they confirmed I wasn’t packing any Lego heat, I walked backwards towards them, was then cuffed, pulled into the stairwell and thrown against the wall.”
Here is Jeremy’s blog post about the raid.