Riley June Williams, a woman, who took part in the riot on Capitol Hill earlier this month, reportedly stole an electronic device from Nancy Pelosi‘s office, according to her former partner.
Riley June Williams traveled from Pennsylvania for the riot, which happened as Congress was certifying the US election result on January 6.
A woman, who is believed to be Williams, was seen in a video directing people to the House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, shouting to them to go “upstairs, upstairs” as she guided others to the room.
She matched the description of Williams wearing a green shirt, brown coat, and glasses as she directed rioters around the building.
And now, a former romantic partner has accused her of taking a “laptop or hard drive” from Pelosi’s office and has claimed she intended to sell it to the Russian foreign intelligence service.
The witness claims to have seen video footage of Williams stealing the device from Pelosi’s office but has said that Williams has now either destroyed it or is still in possession of the equipment.
According to court documents: “[Witness 1] stated 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. According to [Witness 1], 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 a statement by the witness, the transfer of the laptop or hard drive to the Russian authorities “fell through” for reasons which they did not disclose.
Williams is reported to be a care worker in Pennsylvania, and according to her parents, she attended the Capitol riot as a “peaceful protestor.”
Her mother, Wendy Williams, explained: “She goes to rallies. She never ever talks about them or agrees with them; it’s all about just wanting America to get the correct information.”
She continued: “I am very unhappy with her actions. I’m sad that’s happened, that she’s actually inside; that’s what the video shows.”
Up to now, Williams has not been charged with theft. Following an FBI investigation, there is no evidence to suggest any equipment was taken from Nancy Pelosi’s office that day.
However, the Department of Justice has said Williams was arrested in the days following the riot and has been charged with offenses regarding violent entry to a restricted building and disorderly conduct on the grounds of the Capitol building.