FBI raided Alaska woman's home mistaking her for Pelosi's laptop theft suspect
The FBI mistakenly searched the home of the Achorage woman as it believed she was a suspect in the January riot at the Capitol and the theft of Nancy Pelosi's laptop.
According to official reports, the FBI and the Department of Justice used a facial recognition system to identify the woman who stole the laptop.
When the system identified the suspect's name as Marilyn Hueper. 12 federal agents broke into the Hueper family's home, handcuffed them, confiscated all electronic devices, and conducted a 3-hour interrogation.
This raid on the couple Marilyn and Paul Hueper in Alaska is really revealing. With the most advanced facial recognition software and the FBI makes that kind of "mistake"???? pic.twitter.com/hgZUax6Wy5— Roscoe Davis (@RoscoeD70272312) May 1, 2021
As evidence against the woman, the FBI used information that the couple took a vacation in Washington, which coincided with the siege of the Capitol. According to Marilyn Hueper, they were close to the riots, but did not enter the Capitol building.
Anchorage Daily News reported:
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.
Hueper said she was able to point to other photos, provided later in the interview, to show differences in her appearance from the woman shown. The woman in the photo has detached earlobes — hers are attached. The other woman also has a different brow shape, Hueper said, adding that she’s never worn the kind of high boots that the woman wore.
“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 said.