Riley June Williams, the Harrisburg woman under investigation for stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the Capitol riot was arrested late Monday evening, federal authorities said.
Although the officials did not inform about the circumstances of 22-year-old Riley Williams’ arrest, they said that she was taken into custody in Pennsylvania.
They also did not disclose whether Nancy Pelosi´s laptop had been found in Williams’ possession.
According to a Philadelphia Inquirer report, her arrest took place a day after investigators charged her with disorderly conduct and illegally entering the Capitol.
Williams’ former romantic partner told the FBI that she had taken the computer from a conference room in Pelosi’s office, intending to sell it to the Russian security services through a friend she knew in that country, according to Williams’ arrest affidavit.
The transaction fell through, Williams’ ex said, and it is believed she still had the Pelosi´s laptop in her possession or had destroyed it.
Agents identified Williams based off video footage during the Capitol invasion. In the video, she can be seen shouting “Up the Stairs! Go!” while guiding others to Pelosi’s office.
The network tracked Williams’ mother to a Harrisburg apartment, where she confirmed that the woman showed in the video was her daughter. However, by that time Williams had fled.
Still under investigation
The FBI said that she had changed her cellphone number and shut down many of her social media accounts before escaping.
Williams, an employee of a home health agency in Harrisburg, currently faces only charges related to her presence in the Capitol building. Meanwhile Agents continue to investigate the veracity of her ex’s account linking her to Pelosi´s laptop theft, federal authorities said.