Capitol Rioter Who Stole Pelosi Laptop Planned To Sell It To Russia
Authorities are now looking to arrest a woman from Pennsylvania who is accused of stealing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the siege on the Capitol back on January 6 with the intention of selling it off to Russian intelligence forces.
The FBI is currently looking for Riley June Williams, from Harrisburg, who investigators believe might be linked to the events that took place earlier this month on Capitol Hill. According to the arrest warrant, which was filed on Sunday night, the FBI received a tip on their hotline.
The tip stated that they had spotted her in the video footage of the siege.
The tipster, who was not identified, said Williams’ friends showed the person a video of Williams “taking a laptop computer or hard drive from Speaker Pelosi’s office,” court papers state.
The tipster “stated that WILLIAMS intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service. According to [the tipster], the transfer of the computer device to Russia fell through for unknown reasons and WILLIAMS still has the computer device or destroyed it,” the warrant states.
The investigation into the stolen technology is still ongoing.
A laptop from a conference room was stolen. It was a laptop that was only used for presentations. https://t.co/S7YGPnLaWy
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) January 8, 2021
The tipster identified Williams from some footage that was seen posted on a British news site called ITV News. She was wearing a brown trench coat and a green top.
In the first of two ITV News clips mentioned in the warrant, a woman who appears to be Williams can be heard “repeatedly yelling, ‘Upstairs, upstairs, upstairs,’ and can be seen physically directing other intruders to proceed up a staircase,” court papers state. Investigators confirmed the staircase leads to Pelosi’s office.
The woman’s mother said she recognized her daughter in the footage.
She also told reporters that Williams had left and that she wasn’t currently aware of her whereabouts.
According to the warrant, Williams arrived in D.C. with her dad, but then separated from him at some point during the day. She is currently wanted on charges of knowingly entering a restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct.