The owner of a boutique hotel in Homer, Alaska said federal agents searched her home this week, after having mistaken her for another woman, in an effort to recover Nancy Pelosi’s stolen laptop.
Homer woman says FBI search of her home was case of mistaken identity tied to Capitol riot: https://t.co/NDTEJuBugQ
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During the chaotic breach of the U.S. Capitol last January, the House Speaker’s laptop was reportedly stolen.
Owners of Inn & Spa in Homer, Alaska, Marily Hueper and her husband, said federal agents broke down the door of their home and confiscated their laptops computers, and a cellphone, and handcuffed them and their guests during the search.
“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 told the local radio station.
Her husband’s cellphone was also forensically audited by agents although they were not confiscated. Accordingly, when agents asked why the feds didn’t just knock, they claimed that they did, however, no one answered.
The search in Hueper’s Inn & Spa was said to be authorized and was conducted by the FBI and officer with the Capitol Police.
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Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Anchorage field office, Chloe Martin, confirmed to The Associated Press that agents conducted a court-authorized law enforcement activity at the Homer Inn and Spa.
Martin said in an email to the Associated Press that although individuals are free to talk about their interactions with the FBI, “we do not, as a matter of practice, discuss or describe any contact we have or allegedly have with individuals.” She added, “At this time, and until it reaches the public realm, we can’t discuss the details.”
Hueper also mentioned that the agents showed her a picture of a woman that looked remarkably like her and had clothes like hers. According to the agents the woman in the picture had been a part of the Capitol invasion.
However, other pictures that the agents had made it more apparent that Hueper was not the person that they were looking for, according to the Daily News.
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Hueper said, “I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. Is that her? That’s clearly not me. Why did you not show me this to start with?’”
Hueper added that although she and her husband were in Washington D.C., on Januaray 6 for a vacation, and while they decided on a whim to attend a pro-Trump rally, she claimed that they did not participate in the riot.
She also added that she did not even know that Pelosi’s laptop had been stolen on that they until agents mentioned that they were looking for it. “I said, ‘Oh, so it was stolen and it’s at large, good to know. I thought maybe it was just conspiracy theory, so thanks for the intel,’” she told the radio station.
According to Hueper there were a dozen of agents that searched her home for around four hours and left her a copy of the search warrant.
She added that when agents asked who she was working with she cannot help but laugh. Hueper said she then apologized, saying “I don’t mean to be disrespectful and laughing, but this is really surreal and strange.”
“I still think it’s funny that they want to take me as someone who was actually there [at the Capitol riot], instead of lost, eating hot dogs at the other end of the Mall,” she said.
No arrests were made during the search.
"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."https://t.co/kXBSYfIleJ
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A Pennsylvania woman was arrested in January in connection with the alleged laptop theft, which Pelosi’s office acknowledged had been taken during the riot. Pelosi’s spokesperson said the laptop was used only for presentations.