Federal authorities have arrested a woman, whose former romantic partner says she took a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during a riot in the US Capitol.
According to a Justice Department official, Riley June Williams was arrested on Monday. It is not yet known when he will have an initial court appearance.
The FBI said in an arrest warrant on Sunday that Williams has not been charged with robbery, but only with illegally entering the Capitol and with disorderly conduct.
FBI officials said a caller, claiming to be an ex-Williams, said his friends showed him a video of Pelosi taking a laptop computer or hard drive from his office. The caller alleged that he intended to send the device to a friend in Russia, who planned to sell it to that country’s foreign intelligence service, but the plan fell through and he either destroyed or destroyed the device done. The FBI says the case is under investigation.
Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hamill confirmed on 8 January that a laptop was taken from a conference room, but added that “it was a laptop that was only used for presentations”.
Williams’ mother, who lives with him in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, told ITV reporters that her daughter had taken a sudden interest in President Donald Trump’s politics and “far-flung message boards.” The FBI said her father, who lives in Camp Hill, told local law enforcement that he and his daughter had gone to Washington on the day of the protest but did not live together, later meeting to return to Harrisburg.
Williams’ mother told local law enforcement that her daughter packed a bag and left before arrest, stating that she would leave for a few weeks. The FBI said it also changed its phone number and deleted several social media accounts. The court documents do not list a lawyer for him.