KEY POINTS

  • Williams allegedly stole Pelosi's laptop with the intention to sell it to a Russian intelligence agency
  • The 22-year-old appears to have fled from her home in Pennsylvania
  • Williams will face charges for entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct

The FBI has obtained an arrest warrant for a Pennsylvania woman who allegedly stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

FBI Special Agent Jonathan Lund on Sunday said the agency was investigating Riley June Williams after a “former romantic partner” of the 22-year-old told authorities that she intended to sell the laptop to a friend in Russia who would pass it along to the SVR — a Russian spy force. 

In an affidavit signed on Sunday, Lund wrote that Williams’ former romantic partner, referred to as W1, said the transfer of the laptop fell through. The suspect may have kept or destroyed Pelosi’s computer after the failed transaction. 

“W1 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 W1, the transfer of the computer device to Russia fell through for unknown reasons and WILLIAMS still has the computer device or destroyed it,” the affidavit read. 

Williams appears to have fled. According to the affidavit, the suspect’s mother contacted law enforcement in Harrisburg, Pensylvania, and told them that Williams packed her bag and said she would be gone for several weeks. 

The suspect did not provide her mother any information about her whereabouts. She also changed her phone number and deleted her accounts on various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Parler

ITV News, an outlet based in the United Kingdom, posted a video on its YouTube page in which it identified Williams as a care worker from Pennsylvania. The nearly three-minute-long video also showed the suspect’s mother claiming that her daughter had only recently shown interest in President Donald Trump’s politics and messages among the “far right.”

“She goes to rallies but she never, ever talked about them or agrees with them. It’s all about wanting America to get the correct information,” Williams’ mother said. 

The FBI is planning to charge Williams for entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct for joining the riot inside the Capitol.  The assault on the US Capitol also became a superspreader event, say lawmakers The assault on the US Capitol also became a superspreader event, say lawmakers Photo: AFP / Joseph Prezioso