After a failed raid in Alaska, FBI agents end up 4,500 miles above New York to arrest a mother and son accused of helping to steal Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the US Capitol riots.
Maryanne Mooney-Rondon, 55, and her son Rafael Rondon, 23, have been charged with theft and related crimes, nearly nine months after the January 6 riots in Washington DC.
The Rondon family hails from Waterton, near the US-Canada border between Syracuse and Ottawa. It’s closer to the extreme opposite end of the country from Homer, Alaska, where the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the homes of Paul and Marilyn Hupper in April.
While Ms. Hupper was in Washington DC for a Trump rally on the same day, and wore the same hairstyle and black coat as the woman photographed at the Capitol, she insisted it was a case of mistaken identity.
A “tip” eventually led investigators to the northern New York City of Waterton, where Mooney-Rondon and Mr Rondon were arrested on October 1, according to a statement of facts document obtained. The Associated Press.
The document said Ms Mooney-Rondon reportedly admitted to being in both the Capitol and Pelosi’s conference room on the day of the riots. He allegedly provided gloves or a scarf to a man in a bid to steal Pelosi’s laptop without leaving fingerprints.
“He asked, he said, give it to me – I don’t know if it was the glove or the scarf I was wearing – and as I said it scared me,” the documents quoted him as saying.
Connected to the computer was an Ethernet, his son told FBI agents.
“If I remember, that guy was gonna take it out. I’m like, man, don’t do that, I mean that, I just mean the computer, you can’t take the cable out, it’ll ruin everything ,” Ms Mooney-Rondon said according to the document.
Mooney-Rondon then said that he believed he saw the man put a computer in his bag. Her son told investigators that he thinks he may have pushed the computer ‘a bit into his bag using a glove’ because he didn’t want to get his fingerprints on it,” the document says.
“So I helped her a little, and she was probably stupid of me,” he is quoted as saying in the document.
He and his son then went to the Senate Gallery and then exited the building when they saw that it was full of protesters.
The FBI agent’s statement alleges that Rafael Rondon told officers that he and his mother went to Washington by subway on January 6, “because I’m not going to take my car into town, the Capitol building I’m about to break into.” Am.”
The document said both mother and son admitted that they were shown in photographs taken at the Capitol and distributed by the FBI during the riots.
The US Attorney’s Office said Statement That the couple appeared in a Syracuse court on Friday and were released pending further court proceedings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / US capitol