PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — The Department of Justice says it’s now concerned alleged Capitol rioter Riley Williams might destroy evidence. At a court hearing Monday, officials said that includes the possibility she may have, or could have, deleted online messages and accounts.
Prosecutors allege the 22-year old woman from Harrisburg was involved in the theft of a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 riot and plotted to sell it to Russia.READ MORE: 'A Game Changer': CDC Recommends Johnson & Johnson's 1-Dose COVID Vaccine, Paving Way For Distribution To Begin
Video from the riot shows a woman matching Williams’ description exhorting invaders to go “upstairs, upstairs, upstairs” during the attack, which briefly disrupted certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
In adding the theft-related charges on Tuesday, a Virginia-based FBI agent said Williams was recorded on closed-circuit cameras in the Capitol going into and coming out of Pelosi’s office.
The agent’s affidavit said a cellphone video that was likely shot by Williams shows a man’s gloved hand lifting an HP laptop from a table, and the caption read, “they got the laptop.”
Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, has said a laptop used only for presentations was taken from a conference room.READ MORE: Irv Cross, Former Eagles Star DB And Pioneer Black Analyst, Dies At 81
Williams is accused of theft, obstruction and trespassing, as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
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