The Pennsylvania woman charged with theft in connection to the U.S. Capitol riot has been released to home confinement after her attorney claimed the allegations against her were overstated.
As the Associated Press reports, a federal judge ordered Riley June Williams, 22, into home confinement at a Thursday morning, following the Harrisburg woman’s arrest on Monday, when she was initially taken into custody on a charge of unlawful entry and disorderly conduct
Williams has since been accused of helping to steal a laptop computer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Capitol insurrection on January 6. As CrimeOnline previously reported, an arrest affidavit shows that a witness who described themselves as Williams’ former romantic partner told federal agents that Williams planned to steal the computer in order to sell it to Russia. According to the affidavit, Williams’ mother told investigators that her daughter had left home recently and said she would be back in a couple of weeks.
In court on Thursday, Williams’ attorney challenged the credibility of the witness, claiming that the former boyfriend was abusive toward Williams. According to KYW, the attorney said that Williams had been trying to flee the ex-boyfriend, not evade authorities.
The judge released Williams into her mother’s care, and the suspect is required to wear an ankle monitor. She is due on court on Monday in Washington, D.C,, where the case is being moved.
A reporter for WHP-TV captured a video of Williams outside the Dauphin County prison, using a payphone to call for a ride.
After being released from @DauphinCounty prison, Riley Williams makes a phone call to get a ride. She is now free on home confinement as she awaits her next hearing in Washington, DC on January 25. @CBS21NEWS pic.twitter.com/OBb9xmhisx
— Michael Gorsegner (@MikeGorsegner) January 21, 2021
As the KYW report notes, Williams’ mother will face criminal charges if Williams violates the terms of her home confinement.
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