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FBI investigating woman who allegedly tried to sell Pelosi's stolen laptop to Russians

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The FBI is hunting for a woman who allegedly stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop or hard drive during the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol with the intent of selling the stolen property to Russia’s intelligence service.

The woman is identified as Riley June Williams from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who was said to be on the run after the alleged sale fell through.  She has since been taken into custody according to the Justice Department.

The DOJ’s website states that Williams was arrested Monday in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  It is unknown if the device was on her. 

Williams was identified after a video depicting her presence at the U.S. Capitol was released by ITV, a British news network.  A former romantic partner of Williams positively identified her upon calling a tip line and claimed he saw a video of the woman “taking a laptop or hard drive from Pelosi’s office.”

It is believed that Williams either has the laptop or hard drive still in her possession or has destroyed it.  Authorities are working to verify.

Williams’ whereabouts are currently unknown, according to the FBI complaint, which adds that her mother relayed to local police that she packed her bag and left — stating she would be gone for a few weeks.  She did not state where she was heading.

“It appears that WILLIAMS has fled,” according to the document, and “sometime after January 6, 2021, WILLIAMS changed her telephone number and deleted what I believe were her social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Telegram, and Parler.”

Williams faces charges of entering restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds when she is located.  Currently, she has not been charged with stealing Pelosi’s device.

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