The FBI and an agent from the U.S. Capitol’s police department served a search warrant Wednesday at the home of Homer Inn & Spa owners Paul and Marilyn Hueper, who say the search was related to the U.S. Capitol riot in January.
The Huepers attended the Jan. 6 Capitol rally. Marilyn Hueper said law enforcement officers accused her of entering the Capitol and assisting in the theft of a laptop belonging to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
But she said she didn’t enter the Capitol, and she believes the FBI has mistaken her for another woman.
She described the scene in an interview with KSRM-AM radio and confirmed the details with the Daily News: “So 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.’ ”
Officers took some laptops and cellphones from their home, Hueper said on social media and in an interview.
Hueper has not been charged with a crime, she said, and federal court records do not list any charges pending against her. She and her husband have received offers of legal help and are considering their options.
Chloe Martin, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Anchorage, was unable to confirm the details of Hueper’s account.
“I can confirm that on April 28, the FBI was conducting a court-authorized law enforcement activity at the location you described,” she said, declining to elaborate.
“We just can’t discuss the details or existence of an investigation,” she said.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Capitol Police Department said, “We can confirm one of our agents participated in the search. That is all we can say at this time.”
Hueper said the agents broke down her door Wednesday morning as she, her husband and some guests were asleep.
When she asked why they didn’t just knock, she was told that they did, but no one answered, so the agents went to get breakfast. When they returned, they knocked again, and when no one answered, they broke open the door, she said.
Hueper said the officers had guns drawn and handcuffed her, her husband and their guests. She and her husband were put in different rooms and couldn’t see what was happening as the officers searched, according to Hueper.
An officer pulled out a photo of a woman in the Capitol on Jan. 6 and asked if she knew who the woman was. Hueper was surprised, she said, because the woman looked like her and had a coat like one she owns. But Hueper said she’s never had a sweater like one the woman was wearing in a second picture.
This is an excerpt from Anchorage Daily News.
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