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Capitol Rioter Who Allegedly Stole Pelosi's Laptop Could Face Internet Ban

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Riley Williams (Dauphin County Prison via AP)

By    |   Monday, 25 January 2021 10:53 PM

A U.S. Capitol rioter accused of stealing the laptop of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., could be banned from internet access after allegedly attempting to destroy evidence.

Riley Williams, 22, was arrested a week ago in Central Pennsylvania, according to the Justice Department.

At a court hearing Monday, officials said Williams might have, or could have, deleted online messages and accounts, per the Daily Mail.

An NBC reporter in Washington, D.C., tweeted Williams' internet access was in danger of being restricted due to her actions since being released on bail last week.

"NEW: US Justice Dept tells judge Riley Williams, woman accused of stealing computer from Nancy Pelosi's office, is suspected of using internet in recent days, encouraging people to destroy evidence in Capitol insurrection case. They want judge to prohibit internet access," NBC4's Scott MacFarlane tweeted.

It was unclear what evidence Williams allegedly tried to destroy or encouraged others to destroy.

Williams was seen on video guiding rioters to Pelosi's office during the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol by protesters objecting to the presidential election results. She then allegedly stole the House Speaker's laptop.

According to federal prosecutors,Williams told her ex-boyfriend she would sell the laptop to someone in Russia, who then would send it to that country's Foreign Intelligence Service.

Williams' lawyer previously said Williams' ex-boyfriend was "vengeful" and concocted phony accusations she would sell the laptop to Russia.

Williams faces two felony and two misdemeanor charges. She potentially could land in jail for more than 30 years with fines of more than $600,000 if convicted of the charges stemming from the riot.

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