A woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the raid on the US Capitol on January 6, then later tried to sell it to Russians has been arrested according to the Justice Department.
The woman, Riley June Williams was arrested on Monday in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, according to a listing of arrests on the Justice Department’s website.
FBI officials said in a court filing on Sunday that a witness claiming to be Williams’ ex said friends of hers showed him a video of her taking a laptop computer or hard drive from Pelosi’s office. The caller alleged that she “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.” That plan fell through for unknown reasons and she either has the device or has destroyed it.
Williams is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on capitol grounds.
She has not been charged with theft.
After the January 6 riots at the nation’s Capitol aides to Pelosi told NBC News that a laptop that was used only for presentations was stolen from her office. It’s still not clear whether this was the laptop that Williams allegedly stole.