A woman from Anchorage, Alaska, claimed she was mistaken by the FBI for a woman who entered the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot and assisted in the theft of a laptop taken from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The couple said federal agents accused her of entering the U.S. Capitol and stealing Pelosi’s laptop and seized some laptops and cellphones from their home, according to an interview with KSRM-AM radio.
“So, I think almost right off the bat, they said, ‘Well, you probably know why we’re here,’ or something like that. It’s like, ‘Yeah, no, not really.’ And they said, ‘Well, we’re here for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.’ And I said, ‘Oh.’”
Hueper said the warrant did not specifically name Pelosi but said she was told by officers they were searching for the laptop.
A spokeswoman for the FBI in Anchorage confirmed to Anchorage Daily News the agency did conduct a “court-authorized law enforcement activity” on April 28 at the address of the Huepers.
“We just can’t discuss the details or existence of an investigation,” FBI spokeswoman Chloe Martin said.
Hueper said agents broke down her door Wednesday morning as she, her husband, and other guests were asleep.
Officers had their guns drawn and handcuffed everyone in the home, including their guests, Hueper said. The woman said she and her husband were placed in different rooms and couldn’t see what was happening as officers searched.
An officer took out a photo of a woman from the riot and asked Hueper if she could identify the person. Hueper said she was surprised because the woman looked like her and had a coat like the one she owns. Hueper said a second picture of the suspect showed the woman in a sweater that she had never worn or owned.
The Huepers did attend a rally in Washington, D.C., for then-President Donald Trump just before the Capitol invasion that day, though the woman claims she and her husband never entered the U.S. Capitol or stole any materials from inside.
“We were just out vacationing, and there were cheap tickets to our vacation spot, so we decided, ‘Hey, we’ve never been to a rally. Let’s go to a rally. Let’s hear Trump speak,’” she said.
A Pennsylvania woman who was also accused of stealing Pelosi’s laptop during the Capitol riot was arrested in January, though her attorney said at the time the FBI did not obtain the device from his client.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the Capitol Police and the FBI but did not immediately receive a response.
Author: Kaelan Deese
Source: Washington Examiner: Alaska woman says FBI raided her home in search of Pelosi’s stolen laptop