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On Wednesday, federal agents reportedly broke open the door of an Alaska couple’s home at the Homer Inn and Spa, which they own, and proceeded to confiscate some of their property and accuse them of not only participating in the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol, but of also stealing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s still-missing laptop.
The couple, Paul and Marilyn Hueper, claim it’s a case of mistaken identity and that, while they’d attended the “Stop the Steal” rally that had preceded the riot, they hadn’t participated in the riot itself.
In an interview Thursday with Soldotna, Alaska AM station KSRM, Paul Hueper said the agents based their allegations on a photo he’d posted to Instagram of him and his wife walking up the steps to the area outside the U.S. Capitol.
“They had somehow dug [photos] up out of my Instagram file, which I guess they’ve got the right to. I get that. They showed me, you know, ‘OK, is this you here?’ I’m like, ‘Yes, that’s me.’ ‘And this your wife in front of you?’ ‘That’s my wife. She’s just walking up to the Capitol steps, but we’re still, you know a hundred yards away from the front of the Capitol,'” he said.
The photo he referenced can be seen below:
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According to Hueper, the agents then showed the couple several other photos that they claimed showed Marilyn inside the Capitol. But according to Paul, the person seen in the photos wasn’t his wife.
“They are like, ‘OK, is this your wife?’ I’m like, ‘No. She’s got hot sexy leather boots on. I kind of like those. Maybe I’ll ask her if she can get me a pair.’ But, I’m like, ‘No that’s not wife.’ And then they said, ‘Are you sure?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, we didn’t even go inside the building,'” he said.
“We were, at most, within a hundred yards of the front of building. I mean we were in a sea of a million people, so we’re far enough back. Then, I started to kind of understand what the process of what they were looking for, you know again the case of mistaken identity,” he added.
Below are the photos that the FBI showed them:
“This chick looks like she has detached earlobes, which makes me jealous,” Marilyn said of the photos above.
A spokesperson for the FBI’s Anchorage office confirmed to KSRM that certain “authorized law enforcement activity” had occurred at the couple’s home on Wednesday. But the spokesperson did not go into detail about how the “activity” had involved breaking the couple’s door open and pointing guns at them, allegedly without knocking.
“Our bedroom is blacked out because that’s the way we sleep in Alaska. They woke us up. We’re late risers. They actually told us that they came by at seven and knocked, but no one responded. So they went to breakfast and then came back,” the wife told the station.
But the second time around, they didn’t knock, she claimed. Instead, they allegedly “broke the door open and then drew guns and came in and … called us out of our rooms and handcuffed us.”
Listen to the whole interview below:
The couple were caught completely off guard not only by the raid itself, but also by the agents’ bizarre line of questioning.
Upon arrival, the agents told Marilyn that she probably knew why they were there.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, no, not really.’ And they said, ‘Well, we’re here for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.’ And I said, ‘Oh, so it was stolen and it’s at large, good to know. I thought maybe it was just conspiracy theory, so thanks for the intel,’” she told KSRM.
The agents then asked Marilyn who she was working for, to which she responded by bursting into laughter.
“I didn’t mean to be disrespectful and laughing, but this is really surreal and strange,” she said.
The agents eventually left, but not without first confiscating some laptops and cellphones.
As of Friday, neither Paul nor Marilyn had been charged with any crime, though both had begun considering legal options, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Marilyn claims that their trip to the Capitol had been nothing more than just a vacation.
“We were just out vacationing, and there were cheap tickets to our vacation spot, so we decided hey, we’ve never been to a rally, let’s go to a rally. Let’s hear Trump speak. I still think it’s funny that they want to take me as someone who was actually there (at the Capitol), instead of lost, eating hot dogs at the other end of the Mall,” she said.
Pelosi’s laptop has been missing since January. Late that month, word emerged that the FBI was investigating a Pennsylvania woman on allegations that she’d stolen the laptop and was trying to sell it to Russian intelligence officials.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 18, 2021
However, a search of the woman’s car and apartment reportedly turned up nothing, meaning the Democrat House leader is still short a laptop computer.
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