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NY mother, son arrested over theft of Pelosi staff's laptop during Capitol riots

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

The FBI has arrested a mother and son in New York over theft of a laptop belonging to the staff of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to court documents.

Maryann Mooney-Rondon, 55, and her son, Rafael Rondon, 23, were arrested after the FBI initially raided a home 4,500 miles away in Alaska following receiving a tip.

By using the photos taken by the CCTV cameras at the Capitol, the FBI managed to detect Mooney-Rondon and her son as they were present both in the Capitol and Pelosi’s conference room on the day of the riot.

She also reportedly gave gloves or a scarf to a man to steal the laptop without leaving fingerprints.

“He asked, he said, give me – I don’t know if it was gloves or a scarf I was wearing – and like I said he scared me,” the documents quote Mooney-Rondon as saying. “If I recall, the guy was going to yank it out. I’m like, dude, don’t do that, I mean that’s, I mean just the computer, you can’t pull the cables out, it’ll ruin everything."

On Jan. 6, the armed supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building, forcing the chamber to halt the ongoing vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election win.

About 600 people have been arrested in connection with the attack, described as the worst violence since the British invasion during the 1812 War.

Four people died in the attack, including a senior police officer.

The violence overwhelmed police and drove Congress from its chambers. House members and senators fled the scene as shots were fired to disperse the crowd.

The protesters also ransacked lawmakers’ offices, including that of Pelosi, and left threatening messages in the building among other things.

The rampage that lasted hours left four people dead. One woman was shot by police and three others died of medical emergencies.


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