ANCORE, Alaska – A New York mother and child have been charged with theft for helping to make a laptop belonging to the staff of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disappear during the January riots. Looking for a computer.
According to court documents, the FBI arrested Marion Mooney-Rondon, 55, and her son, Raphael Rondon, 23, of Watertown, New York, on Friday in connection with the stolen laptop. Both face other charges related to the riots in the capital.
Raphael Rondon also has an unregistered saw-off shotgun charge
The two appeared in federal court in Syracuse, New York, on Friday and left pending further proceedings, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New York’s Northern District.
The message left on Mooney-Condon’s list in Watertown did not return immediately Monday. Attempts to find Raphael Rondon were not immediately successful.
The capital riots were well documented by those who participated. Law enforcement used photos from participants’ social media accounts to track down the suspects.
The tip given to the FBI led them to the mother and child, according to facts documented by an unidentified FBI special agent.
On the day of the riots and in Pelosi’s conference room, Mooney-Rondon allegedly confessed to being in the Capitol, the document said. She is accused of providing gloves or a scarf to a man to steal a laptop without leaving fingerprints.
“He asked, he said, give it to me – I don’t know if it was gloves or a scarf I wore – and as I said, he scared me,” the documents told her.
An Ethernet was connected to the computer, her son told an FBI agent.
“If I remember, that guy would have removed it. I mean, dude, don’t do that, I mean, I just mean the computer, you can’t pull the cables out, it’ll ruin everything, “Mooney-Rondon said, according to the document.
Mooney-Rondon then said she believed she saw the man with the computer in his backpack. Her son told investigators he thinks he may have pushed the computer a little bit using gloves because he didn’t want to get fingerprints on it.
“So I helped him a little bit, and it was probably silly for me,” he said in the document.
She and her son then went to the Senate Gallery and then left the building after seeing them scattered with protesters.
Raphael Rondan told authorities that he and his mother drove the Metro to Washington in January, “because I will not take my car to the city where I will enter the Capitol Building,” the FBI agent’s statement alleges.
The photos, taken at the Capitol during the riots and distributed by the FBI, contained the same mother and son, the document said.
In late April, the FBI raided businesses owned by Homer, Alaska, Paul and Marilyn Hooper, who were in Washington for a rally of then-President Donald Trump that took place before the breach at the Capitol but did not participate. Marilyn Hupper told reporters that this is a case of misidentification.
Photos of the two women showed that they had the same hairstyle and wore the same black coat that day.
When an FBI agent arrived at the Booper Resort, he said he was looking for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop. “You still don’t explain why you are at my house. Or Homer, in Alaska, ”Hupper told agents, later recalling to the Associated Press.
The FBI statement, filed in the case of New York residents, states that the search warrant for the Alaska residence was obtained “on the basis of evidence that residents (a married couple) encroached on U.S. Capital land.” It also says that two people in Homer identified Marilyn Hooper as the person seen in the photos taken inside the Capitol during the riots.
However, the document states that the FBI now says that “there is a probable cause” that the mother and son are the two people shown in the photographs, as well as their alleged access and other evidence.
“I think the cloud has definitely risen,” Hupper said in a text message to the Associated Press. However, she said she is concerned about the freedom of the FBI and others to “confuse peaceful people” and is not concerned about how their poor interrogation skills and overly aggressive tactics are harming them. Noble cause ‘discovery. “
The message, which sent a comment to the FBI Anchorage office, was not immediately returned Monday.