A 22-year-old woman accused of stealing Pelosi's laptop and planning to sell it to Russia has been arrested

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A woman identified in a warrant logged January 17, 2021 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as Riley June Williams, a Pennsylvania woman accused of unlawfully breaching the U.S. Capitol building and directing people to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, is seen in an undated driver's license photograph. FBI/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
An image of Riley June Williams released by the FBI. FBI/Handout via REUTERS
  • A woman accused of stealing a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol has been arrested.

  • Riley June Williams, 22, was arrested Monday and charged with illegally entering the Capitol and with disorderly conduct, the Associated Press reported.

  • According to an FBI affidavit released Sunday, a person identifying as Williams' ex called in to say that Williams planned to sell Pelosi's laptop to Russia but that the plan fell through.

  • The affidavit also said Williams' mother told local authorities that before the arrest her daughter had packed a bag, changed her phone number, and deleted numerous social-media accounts.

  • CNN reported that Williams handed herself in to law-enforcement authorities.

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A 22-year-old woman accused of stealing a laptop belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and planning to sell it to Russia has been arrested, the Associated Press and Axios reported, citing the Justice Department.

Riley June Williams was arrested on Monday, both outlets reported. CNN reported that she had surrendered herself to law-enforcement authorities. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request from Insider for confirmation.

According to an FBI affidavit released Sunday, Williams' mother, who lives with her in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, told local law-enforcement officers that Williams had packed a bag, changed her phone number, and deleted numerous social-media accounts before the arrest.

Williams has been charged with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct in relation to the Capitol riot, but not with theft.

In the affidavit, however, FBI Special Agent Jonathan Lund said Williams "remains under investigation" after a person claiming to be her former romantic partner called in to say that they had seen a video of Williams stealing a laptop and that Williams planned to sell it to Russia.

On January 8, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, said a laptop "only used for presentations" had been taken from the House speaker's office during the riot.

According to the FBI affidavit, the caller said Williams intended to send the laptop to a friend in Russia who would then sell it to Russia's foreign-intelligence service.

But the caller went on to say "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 affidavit.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Liz Lynch/Getty Images

Before her arrest Monday, Williams had "left her home and told her mother she would be gone for a couple of weeks," the FBI affidavit said, citing information from Harrisburg law enforcement.

"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," said Lund, the special agent.

In the affidavit, Lund also posted now-defunct links to two YouTube videos showing the Capitol riot, one of which was a report by the British broadcaster ITV. Lund identified Williams in the videos, saying she wore a "green t-shirt, brown trench coat, and black-and-white shoulder bag."

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The FBI is conducting numerous other investigations in relation to the Capitol riot.

The bureau is probing whether foreign actors provided funding to groups and individuals who helped instigate the violence, according to NBC News.

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Rioters clashed with police officers while trying to enter the Capitol on January 6. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

The FBI told Insider on Monday that the US Capitol Police had detained Couy Griffin, an elected Republican county commissioner in New Mexico.

Griffin, who had pledged to bring guns to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday, "was the subject of an arrest warrant for his role in the January 6 Capitol riots," the FBI said.

Parler, a social-media site popular among the far right, is also sharing information with the FBI to help it track down those suspected of perpetrating violent acts on January 6.

The FBI has charged more than 70 people so far in connection to the January 6 riot.

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