Update: Riley Williams, who may have stolen a laptop from Nancy Pelosi’s office during the June 6th Capitol riot, surrendered to authorities Monday.
#BREAKING — @NBCNews: Federal law enforcement official: Riley June Williams, surrendered to authorities in PA. Williams charged by @FBI for role in Capitol Riot — allegation she stole laptop from @SpeakerPelosi ofc & intended to sell to friend in Russia. @NBCPhiladelphia
— Jim Rosenfield (@jimrosenfield) January 19, 2021
This is a developing story, stay tuned to CrimeOnline for further updates.
Federal agents are looking for a woman who appears to have fled after allegedly participating in a mob riot at the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month.
According to the New York Post, the FBI is pursuing charges against Railey June Williams, who may have stolen a laptop computer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk on January 6 — possibly with the intent of selling it to Russia.
According to an affidavit obtained by the New York Post, a witness told investigators that they had seen footage of Williams” taking a laptop computer or hard drive from Speaker Pelosi’s office.” The witness, who is not identified in the report, said they were the suspect’s former partner, and claimed that Williams had intended to transfer the computer to another person.
“[Witness 1] 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,” the affidavit reads. “According to [Witness 1], the transfer of the computer device to Russia fell through for unknown reasons and WILLIAMS still has the computer device or destroyed it.”
According to the Daily Mail, the witness described Williams as a care worker.
As the affidavit show, law enforcement agents contacted Williams’ mother in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and in attempt to locate her, and the mother told police that her daughter had taken a bag and said she would be gone for a couple of weeks. It is not clear from the report what day Williams is believed to have left.
Authorities have not yet confirmed whether investigators believe a laptop computer was actually stolen from Pelosi’s office. According to the affidavit obtained by the New York Post, that matter is currently under investigation.
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[Feature image: Railey June Williams/FBI]