Riley June Williams, 22, right, was arrested in Pennsylvania overnight (Picture: Dauphin County Jail)
A Capitol rioter accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop with plans to ‘sell it to Russia’ has been arrested by the FBI.
Riley Williams, 22, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was seen on video taking part in the Capitol building siege earlier this month and directing other rioters, the Department of Justice has said.
She was arrested overnight in Pennsylvania after a former romantic partner of hers told investigators that Williams had taken either a laptop or a hard drive from Pelosi’s office, according to the bureau.
Williams has so far not been charged in relation to the alleged theft of a device from the Capitol, but has been charged with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct.
Riley Williams has been charged with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct (Picture: Reuters)
A supporter of US President Donald Trump left a note in the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during the US Capitol riot (Picture: Getty Images/ AFP)
She was identified as a wanted person by the FBI on Sunday in connection with the Capitol attack after video footage of her involvement on January 6 emerged.
Before being captured, police said Williams fled the Harrisburg apartment she shares with her mother, reports CBS 3.
Federal charging papers claim Williams directed rioters up the Capitol stairs with the target of gaining access to Pelosi’s office.
The court filings say Williams’ former romantic partner tipped off investigators to her involvement, telling police she ‘intended to sell the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service’.
The former partner – named only as W1 – also told investigators that they had been shown a video by other associates of Williams that showed her taking the item from Pelosi’s office.
Riley Williams is accused of ‘directing people’ during the riot (Picture: Dauphin County Jail)
In a court affidavit, FBI agent John Lund, said: ‘The transfer of the computer device to Russia fell through for unknown reasons and Williams still has the computer device or destroyed it.
‘This matter remains under investigation.’
Court documents added that Williams’ mother was able to identify her daughter in footage of the Capitol siege and told Capitol Police ‘that her daughter had taken a sudden interest in President Trump’s politics and far-right message boards’.
So far police have arrested at least 125 people for their role in the riot at the Capitol building on January 6 that left three people dead.
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