FBI arrests Pennsylvania care worker, 22, accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during siege

Riley June Williams, 22, of Harrisburg was arrested Monday in Central Pennsylvania, the Justice Department said. She is charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct after she was filmed rioting inside the Capitol on January 6

Riley June Williams, 22, of Harrisburg was arrested Monday in Central Pennsylvania, the Justice Department said. She is charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct after she was filmed rioting inside the Capitol on January 6

Riley June Williams, 22, of Harrisburg was arrested Monday in Central Pennsylvania, the Justice Department said. She is charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct after she was filmed rioting inside the Capitol on January 6

The FBI has arrested the fugitive Pennsylvania care worker accused of stealing a computer device from the office of Nancy Pelosi during the DC riots and later attempting to sell it to Russian spies.

Riley June Williams, 22, of Harrisburg was arrested Monday in Central Pennsylvania, the Justice Department said. It’s currently unclear specifically where she was detained and whether or not she handed herself in to authorities.

William’s arrest comes just one day after she was charged with entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct for rioting inside the Capitol on January 6. 

Federal charging documents say Williams was captured on video directing rioters up a flight of stairs inside the legislature towards Pelosi’s office. 

Before being detained, Williams had reportedly fled the Harrisburg apartment she shared with her mother, frantically packing a bag and telling her she’d return ‘in a few weeks’ without disclosing where she was heading. 

The care worker is also being probed by the FBI over allegations she stole a laptop from House Speaker Pelosi’s office, however she has not yet been charged in the matter.  

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In video footage captured by British broadcaster ITV, Williams can be seen inside the Capitol, wearing a green T-shirt and brown trench coat, holding a zebra-print bag

In video footage captured by British broadcaster ITV, Williams can be seen inside the Capitol, wearing a green T-shirt and brown trench coat, holding a zebra-print bag

In video footage captured by British broadcaster ITV, Williams can be seen inside the Capitol, wearing a green T-shirt and brown trench coat, holding a zebra-print bag

Williams is seen highlighted in the above image in a demonstration outside the Capitol on January 6

Williams is seen highlighted in the above image in a demonstration outside the Capitol on January 6

Williams is seen highlighted in the above image in a demonstration outside the Capitol on January 6

An image shared by ITV shows Williams posing with a rifle and a skull emblazoned face mask

An image shared by ITV shows Williams posing with a rifle and a skull emblazoned face mask

An image shared by ITV shows Williams posing with a rifle and a skull emblazoned face mask

According to a court a court affidavit filed Sunday, a witness described as a former romantic partner of Williams’  – identified as W1 – told the FBI that he had seen a video of Williams ‘taking a laptop computer or hard drive from Speaker Pelosi’s office’ during the insurrection. 

They further claimed 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.’  

However, according to the witness the plan fell through for unknown reasons and Williams is either still in possession of the device or has since destroyed it. 

There’s no indication court records that a device was actually taken from Pelosi’s office, though Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, tweeted two days after the attack that a laptop stolen was from a conference room that was used for presentations. 

The FBI said the matter remains under investigation as agents work to verify W1’s ckaims. For now, Williams is just facing charges of entering a restricted building, violent entry, and disorderly conduct.  

In video footage captured by British broadcaster ITV, Williams can be seen inside the Capitol, wearing a green T-shirt and brown trench coat, holding a zebra-print bag.

In the clip she is heard repeatedly yelling: ‘Upstairs, upstairs, upstairs,’ and can be seen physically directing other intruders to proceed up a staircase.

The staircase in question leads to the office of Speaker Pelosi, the FBI said.

In the clip she is heard repeatedly yelling, ‘Upstairs, upstairs, upstairs,’ and can be seen physically directing other intruders to proceed up a staircase

In the clip she is heard repeatedly yelling, ‘Upstairs, upstairs, upstairs,’ and can be seen physically directing other intruders to proceed up a staircase

In the clip she is heard repeatedly yelling, ‘Upstairs, upstairs, upstairs,’ and can be seen physically directing other intruders to proceed up a staircase

The staircase in question, Lund said, leads to the office of Speaker Pelosi

The staircase in question, Lund said, leads to the office of Speaker Pelosi

The staircase in question, Lund said, leads to the office of Speaker Pelosi

‘It appears that WILLIAMS has fled,’ according to the affidavit, which was signed Sunday and posted publicly after 9 p.m. ‘According to local law enforcement officers in Harrisburg, WILLIAMS’ mother stated that WILLIAMS packed a bag and left her home and told her mother she would be gone for a couple of weeks. WILLIAMS did not provide her mother any information about her intended destination'

‘It appears that WILLIAMS has fled,’ according to the affidavit, which was signed Sunday and posted publicly after 9 p.m. ‘According to local law enforcement officers in Harrisburg, WILLIAMS’ mother stated that WILLIAMS packed a bag and left her home and told her mother she would be gone for a couple of weeks. WILLIAMS did not provide her mother any information about her intended destination'

‘It appears that WILLIAMS has fled,’ according to the affidavit, which was signed Sunday and posted publicly after 9 p.m. ‘According to local law enforcement officers in Harrisburg, WILLIAMS’ mother stated that WILLIAMS packed a bag and left her home and told her mother she would be gone for a couple of weeks. WILLIAMS did not provide her mother any information about her intended destination’

The affidavit states that Williams is facing charges of entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct. She has not yet been apprehended by police for those charges, with a warrant currently out for her arrest

The affidavit states that Williams is facing charges of entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct. She has not yet been apprehended by police for those charges, with a warrant currently out for her arrest

The affidavit states that Williams is facing charges of entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct. She has not yet been apprehended by police for those charges, with a warrant currently out for her arrest

According to the FBI, Williams had driven down from Harrisburg to attend the January 6 ‘Stop the Steal’ rally with her father, of Camp Hill.

William’s father told investigators he and his daughter got separated during the event but did return him home together later that night.

Her mother also told police that she recognized her daughter in the video footage inside the Capitol and that her daughter had recently taken a sudden interest in President Trump’s politics and ‘far-right message boards.’ 

Prior to her capture, the FBI said that Williams has changed her phone number and deleted her accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Telegram and Parler. She then ran away from home.

‘It appears that WILLIAMS has fled,’ according to the affidavit, which was signed Sunday. ‘According to local law enforcement officers in Harrisburg, WILLIAMS’ mother stated that WILLIAMS packed a bag and left her home and told her mother she would be gone for a couple of weeks. WILLIAMS did not provide her mother any information about her intended destination.’

Before being detained, Williams had reportedly fled the Harrisburg apartment she shared with her mother, frantically packing a bag and telling her she'd return 'in a few weeks'

Before being detained, Williams had reportedly fled the Harrisburg apartment she shared with her mother, frantically packing a bag and telling her she'd return 'in a few weeks'

Riley June Williams, of Harrisburg, was charged Sunday with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct after she was videoed rioting inside the Capitol last week. She is now being investigated by the FBI

Riley June Williams, of Harrisburg, was charged Sunday with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct after she was videoed rioting inside the Capitol last week. She is now being investigated by the FBI

Before being detained, Williams had reportedly fled the Harrisburg apartment she shared with her mother (left), frantically packing a bag and telling her she’d return ‘in a few weeks’

Numerous other demonstrators were pictured ransacking the office of Pelosi across January 6. Some smashed furniture and scattered documents across the floor while others posed mockingly for photos at her desk

Numerous other demonstrators were pictured ransacking the office of Pelosi across January 6. Some smashed furniture and scattered documents across the floor while others posed mockingly for photos at her desk

A supporter of US President Donald J. Trump and his baseless claims of voter fraud walks through the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after breaching Capitol security

A supporter of US President Donald J. Trump and his baseless claims of voter fraud walks through the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after breaching Capitol security

Numerous other demonstrators were pictured ransacking the office of Pelosi across January 6. Some smashed furniture and scattered documents across the floor while others posed mockingly for photos at her desk

On January 11, Williams’ parents reportedly filed a suspicious persons report against ‘W1’, the person accusing William’s of stealing the device and attempting to sell it to the Russians. The nature surrounding the report is unclear.

Numerous other demonstrators were pictured ransacking the office of Pelosi on January 6. Some smashed furniture and scattered documents across the floor while others posed mockingly for photos at her desk.

More than 125 people have been arrested so far on charges related to the violent insurrection led by Trump supporters at the Capitol. Charges range from curfew violations to serious federal felonies related to theft and weapons possession.

In total five people were killed during the siege, including one US Capitol Police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to search for the identities of several other individuals who were photographed rioting in the Capitol.

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