Capitol ‘rioter’, 22, is banned from the internet and forced to use flip phone ‘after she was filmed stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop and vowed to sell it to Russian intelligence agency’
- Riley Williams, 22, has been formally charged with stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop
- She also faces seven other felony and misdemeanor counts for her participation in the Capitol riots
- A judge banned Williams from the internet after prosecutors claimed she attempted to eliminate evidence and encouraged others to do so
- She has been accused by her ex-boyfriend of planning to sell Pelosi’s laptop to someone in Russia, who would in turn sell it to the SVR
- Williams is seen directing people to Pelosi’s office in video from inside the Capitol building on January 6
- A video allegedly recorded by Williams shows someone taking the laptop as a woman, suspected to be Williams, is heard directing them to be cautious
- It has been revealed that Williams posted neo-Nazi videos and sentiments online
- She now faces 20 years behind bars
By Adriana Diaz for DAILYMAIL.COM
Oct 7, 2021
A suspected Capitol rioter has been banned from the internet and ordered to use a flip-phone after she was filmed stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop and threatened to sell its contents to Russian spies, police say.
Riley Williams, one of the Capitol rioters who is accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi‘s laptop, has been formally charged in connection to the theft and Capitol riots, and faces up to 20 years in prison.
She has been banned from the internet while awaiting trial, and must use a flip-phone that doesn’t have internet access over fears she’d use a smart device to try and destroy evidence.
Williams, 22, was arrested in January in Central Pennsylvania, according to the Justice Department.
She was seen in a video on January 6 guiding some of the rioters to Nancy Pelosi’s office, where she allegedly stole the House Speaker’s laptop.
Video allegedly recorded by Williams shows the laptop being taken as someone, who prosecutors believe is Williams, says ‘Dude, put on gloves,’ as the laptop is seen being taken.
She also allegedly bragged about stealing Pelosi’s laptop online, according to court documents.
‘I STOLE S— FROM NANCY POLESI (sic),’ a user named ‘riley’ wrote, according to an FBI screenshot from an unidentified source included in court documents. ‘I DOMT (sic) CARE I TOOK NANCY POLESIS (sic) HARD DRIVES I DON’T CARE KILL ME.’
Federal prosecutors claimed Williams told her ex-boyfriend she would sell it to someone in Russia, who would then send it to the Foreign Intelligence Service in Russia.
Williams has been out on bail since she was arrested in January shortly after the insurrection and is confined to the first floor of her mom’s apartment
Williams, seen leaving the Dauphin County Prison on January 21 with attorney Bryan McQuillan, allegedly wanted to sell Pelosi’s laptop to the Russians
Williams is accused of bragging online about stealing Pelosi’s laptop in this screenshot
The laptop has not been recovered, but authorities said the Russian sale fell through.
Williams has also been charged with seven other felony and misdemeanor counts for her participation in the Capitol riots, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds as well aiding/abetting others to ’embezzle, steal, purloin.’
She is also facing a newly added charge for assaulting or resistant police officers.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania ordered Williams to give up her internet access while she remained on house arrest after she was accused of trying to cover her tracks.
The Department of Justice accused Williams of deleting online accounts, changing her internet devices, and encouraging others to delete evidence.
‘She has a demonstrated history of deleting her own accounts and instructing other people to delete messages about the events that are under investigation,’ a Justice Department prosecutor said in court. ‘The instruction to others came to light after her initial appearance.’
Williams was granted bail and instructed to stay on the ground floor of her mother’s apartment, outside of work, church, doctor, and court appointments.
She was allowed to use a flip-phone and banned from Washington, D.C., possessing firearms. or consuming excessive amounts of alcohol.
Williams’ lawyer has previously said that her ex-boyfriend, Michael Prodanov, was ‘vengeful’ and insisted the accusations she would sell the laptop to Russia were phony.
She has since obtained a restraining order against Prodanov, which accuses him of sharing nude photos and threatening to rape Williams.
‘He has stalked and harassed her and she had to change her phone number at the suggestion of a police officer,’ public defender Lori Ulrich said of Prodanov.
In videos from the melee, Williams can be seen wearing a large brown coat over a green t-shirt that features an alt-right message.
She also had a zebra print bag slung over her shoulders as she seemingly directed rioters to Pelosi’s office.
The FBI was led to Williams after Prodanov spotted her in a YouTube video from January 6 and identified her to authorities.
Since the investigation into Williams’ involvement in the Capitol riots began it was been revealed that she posted neo-Nazi and white nationalist videos and sentiments online. One video sees her wearing a skull mask, which was adopted by the Atomwaffen Nazi terrorist group, and black hat featuring another Atomwaffen symbol, as she pledges her allegiance to Hitler.
The woman in the disturbing video was first identified as Williams by Bellingcat.
Video allegedly recorded by Williams shows people taking a laptop from Pelosi’s office
She was seen in video at the Capitol riot allegedly directing people to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
The laptop was stolen and Williams allegedly planned on getting it to the Russian government
Williams poses with a rifle in a social media photo
Williams could potentially land in jail for more than 30 years with fines of more than $600,000 if she is convicted of the charges stemming from the riot.
The insurrection at the Capitol on January 6 occurred as Congress was working on counting the Electoral College ballots and certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Five people died in connection with the riot, including one Capitol police officer. Four Washington, D.C. police officers have committed suicide since defending the Capitol building.
Nearly 700 people have been charged in the nine months since the insurrection.
The insurrection also resulted in the historic second impeachment of Trump, who is accused of inciting and goading the rioters.