FBI investigating woman accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi's laptop during Capitol riot

By , KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A Harrisburg woman, who the FBI says was part of the storming of the U.S. Capitol, has turned herself in. The agency is also investigating a claim that she stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop or hard drive.

Williams is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. In court documents posted online by the Department of Justice, investigators included screen shots of news stories and other videos that they say shows Williams in the Capitol and even directing others to go up the staircase that led to Pelosi’s office.

What the FBI says needs further investigation are claims made by her former romantic partner. Investigators say that person called the FBI’s phone tip line several times and claimed, based on conversations with Williams’ friends, that she stole Pelosi’s laptop or hard drive.

Williams' plan, according to the ex, was to give the device to a friend in Russia to sell to that country’s foreign intelligence service. Those plans allegedly fell through, and the ex claims Williams either destroyed the device or stored it somewhere.

In the days following the violence at the Capitol, the FBI says Williams’ mother spoke with investigators in Harrisburg. She said her daughter was interested in President Donald Trump's politics and "far right message boards." She also said her daughter packed a bag and told her she would be gone for a few weeks but did not give her a destination.

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