Harrisburg woman accused of stealing Pelosi’s laptop to appear in court Tuesday

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Riley June Williams, of Harrisburg, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday at 4 PM after her arrest late Monday night. Williams is believed to have entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and stolen a computer from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.

22-year-old Riley Williams’ court appearance was at the federal courthouse in Harrisburg. There was not much decided at Tuesday’s hearing, but proceedings will continue on Thursday at 9 a.m.

This is because the U.S. Government plans to bring forth theft charges. Right now, Williams is only charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The FBI is investigating whether Williams stole the device according to information in an affidavit unsealed on Sunday.

According to the affidavit, Williams was identified through a witness to the FBI.

The witness, who identified as the woman’s “former romantic partner, claimed Williams stole the device with the intent” to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell
the device to “Russia’s foreign intelligence service,” according to the affidavit.

The witness told investigators the apparent deal “fell through” for “unknown reasons” and Williams still “has the computer device or destroyed it.” The claim is currently under investigation.

The FBI interviewed Williams’ mother, who claims that Williams “packed a bag and left her home and told her she would be gone for a couple of weeks.” She has also changed her phone number and deleted all of her social media accounts.

Earlier this month, Pelosi’s Chief of Staff confirmed a laptop “only used for presentations” was stolen. It remains unclear if the laptop is connected to the incident involving Williams.

Protestors stormed the U.S. Capitol building on January 6 with the intent of stopping the certification of the November 2020 General Election.

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