Authorities are looking to arrest a Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing a laptop from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Capitol riot.
What’s worse than stealing a government laptop? The woman planned to sell it to Russian intelligence forces, according to recent court papers.
The FBI is looking for Riley June Williams of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who investigators have connected to the Capitol riot.
According to an arrest warrant filed Sunday night, a tipster called into the FBI’s hotline and reported they spotted her in the throngs of video evidence on social media.
The anonymous tipster said Williams’ friends showed a video of Williams “taking a laptop computer or hard drive from Speaker Pelosi’s office,” court papers say.
The laptop in question was, in fact, reported missing.
CONGRESSIONAL AIDE TO SPEAKER PELOSI SAYS LAPTOP WAS STOLEN FROM HER OFFICE IN STORMING OF CAPITOL WEDNESDAY @Reuters
— Heather Timmons (@HeathaT) January 8, 2021
According to the warrant, 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.”
In the video clip, a woman who appears to be Williams can be heard yelling “upstairs, upstairs, upstairs,” and can be seen directing intruders to go up a staircase, court papers reveal.
Investigators confirmed that the staircase leads to Pelosi’s office, Fox News reports.
Williams is wanted on charges of knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct.
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