Riley June Williams Biography — Wiki
Riley June Williams is a Pennsylvania woman who is charged in the January 6 riots at the US Capitol is also being investigated by the FBI amid claims she stole a computer from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and attempted to sell it in Russia.
In a court affidavit outlining the charges against her, FBI Agent John Lund said that a former romantic partner of Williams – identified only as W1 – had also come forward to tell the bureau she had stolen either a laptop or hard drive from Pelosi’s office during the insurrection.
She was charged Sunday with entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct after she has filmed rioting inside the Capitol last week.
Riley June Williams Age
Riley June Williams, of Harrisburg, is 22 years old.
Everything you need to know about Riley June Williams:
Williams took a recent interest in Trump’s politics
The complaint affidavit links to the above video, titled, “Revealed: ITV News identifies protester who stormed the Capitol.”
In that video, “the reporter identifies ‘Riley Williams’ as the person depicted in snippets of the prior ITV video,” the affidavit says. “The reporter then interviewed a woman who identified herself as Williams’ mother and showed her some type of video footage. Williams’ mother then stated that she recognized her daughter inside the U.S. Capitol Building and that her daughter had taken a sudden interest in President Trump’s politics and ‘far-right message boards.’
She claimed that Williams ‘took off,’ ‘is gone,’ and is waiting for law enforcement to come to Williams and ask her about her activities in the Capitol.”
Williams’ friend contacted by the FBI
In the days following January 6, 2021, riots, a witness “made several phone calls into the FBI’s telephone tip line related to the U.S. Capitol attacks. … In them, the caller stated that he/she was the former romantic partner of Riley June Williams,” according to the affidavit.
The informant said Williams was “depicted in video footage taken on January 6, 2021, from inside the U.S. Capitol Building.” The informant said Williams “can be seen directing crowds inside the U.S. Capitol Building up a staircase.”
The informant directed police to the above YouTube link for the ITV video. The informant “also claimed to have spoken to friends of Williams” who showed the informant a video of Williams “taking a laptop computer or hard drive from Speaker Pelosi’s office.”
Williams Planned to Sell the Device to Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service
According to the informant, Williams “intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service.” The informant told the FBI that “the transfer of the computer device to Russia fell through for unknown reasons and Williams still has the computer device or destroyed it. This matter remains under investigation.”
The affidavit says authorities reviewed the YouTube video called “Storming the Capitol: One of the rioters is believed to be Williams, a Caucasian female wearing a green t-shirt and brown trench coat and carrying a black-and-white striped zebra-print bag over her shoulders.”
The affidavit adds: “She has brown shoulder-length hair and wears eyeglasses. She is wearing a black face mask below her chin, around her neck. She can be heard in the video repeatedly yelling, ‘Upstairs, upstairs, upstairs,’ and can be seen physically directing other intruders to proceed up a staircase.
Williams accused of directing rioters toward Pelosi’s office
The affidavit adds, “I have reviewed other images the FBI obtained that were taken during January 6, 2021, civil unrest inside the U.S. Capitol Building. Set forth below is a photograph that also depicts the Williams inside the U.S. Capitol Building, pointing and directing intruders.
She is wearing the same green t-shirt and brown trench coat. I believe that the photograph below was taken in Statuary Hall, inside the U.S. Capitol Building.”
Williams went with her father to Washington for the protests
The officer wrote in the complaint about having “spoken with local law enforcement agents in Harrisburg about their recent interactions with Williams’s parents. According to those officers, on January 11, 2021, local law enforcement received a suspicious person report filed by Williams’ mother.”
Officers interviewed the mother, who said “the suspicious person was assumed to be” the informant, according to the affidavit.
With officers present, Williams’ mother placed a video call to her daughter. “Officers observed Williams on her mother’s cell phone screen and noted that Williams was wearing a brown-colored jacket, consistent with the screenshots above.
Harrisburg officers called Williams’ father in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, who said “he drove to Washington, D.C., with Williams for the protests on January 6, 2021. He stated that his daughter and he did not stay together throughout the day and that Williams was meeting up with other individuals she knew at the protests.
Williams later met up with her father outside of the U.S. Capitol Building, and they returned home to Harrisburg together,” according to the affidavit.
What the footage shows
In video footage captured by British broadcaster ITV, Williams can be seen inside the Capitol, wearing a green T-shirt and brown trench coat, holding a zebra-print bag. In the clip, she is heard repeatedly yelling: ‘Upstairs, upstairs, upstairs,’ and can be seen physically directing other intruders to proceed up a staircase.
The staircase in question, Lund said, leads to the office of Speaker Pelosi.
Riley Williams, 22, from Pennsylvania stormed the buildings during the Washington DC siege. She attracted attention after she was filmed directing rioters “up the stairs, up the stairs”. pic.twitter.com/IrTBy75tvK
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 18, 2021