Two anonymous tipsters, an Instagram post and a photo comparison led the FBI to break down the door of a Homer’s couple’s home last week, according to an unsealed search warrant on Wednesday.
The FBI hoped to find a laptop computer stolen from the office of United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the January 6 riot at the United States Capitol by supporters of then President Donald Trump . Rioters invaded the Capitol in an attempt to disrupt Joe Biden’s certification of victory in the November presidential election, and federal law enforcement continued to prosecute hundreds of people accused of participating in the insurrection which left five dead.
The FBI’s search warrant says his interest in the Huepers, owners of the Homer Inn & Spa, began in February when an anonymous tipster informed the FBI about a Paul Hueper Instagram post.
This message, published on January 10, shows Marilyn from behind, climbing the stairs to the US Capitol while wearing a puffy black coat. Paul’s legend said in part: “Marilyn is approaching the capital. As patriots, there is a revolution just to take back our country. Keep praying … we are only getting stronger and we will not give up until our country is restored. Being there was a once in a lifetime experience. “
Paul Hueper said on Wednesday: “I do not tolerate bad players who have entered Capitol Hill in any way.”
He said that when he spoke of a “just revolution” he was referring to his hope that the country would allow more individual freedoms.
“I was delighted to see a million people protesting against the election results,” he said.
“We were told we could come in. But it seemed like a really bad idea,” said Marilyn Hueper.
She said she was surprised when she arrived on Capitol Hill and that other Trump supporters told her they could enter Capitol.
“What am I like?” They’re like, ‘Yeah, you walk in that line over there. There’s the line, get in the line. I’m like, I don’t think so. I don’t think we’re going to do this. There are people who come out with blood on them and everything, ”she said.
The tipster contacted the FBI on February 24 in connection with a February 17 incident in which the Huepers were banned from flying on Alaska Airlines because they did not follow masking rules.
“We can confirm that the Huepers were banned in February due to mask failure. Alaska and federal policy require that all guests wear masks throughout their trip. As a policy, we do not comment on the status of individual passengers or related federal investigations, ”said Tim Thompson, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines.
The anonymous FBI informant said Marilyn Hueper looked like a woman seen in surveillance camera footage and third-party video from the Capitol. In these footage, an unidentified woman is seen entering Pelosi’s office and disconnecting cables from a laptop, which is then removed from her desk by an unidentified man.
This woman wore a puffy black coat similar to the one Hueper wore, and she had a similar hairstyle.
“I have a puffy black coat like this. It was the only thing I had that looked like his. And somehow they managed not to accept that, ”she said.
Asked when the FBI searched her home on April 28, Hueper said she noted the woman looked like her, but pointed out the main differences in their appearance in several photos.
The warrant says the Capitol woman wore a distinctive metallic thumb ring. Hueper said she neither owns nor wears one.
According to the warrant, the FBI compared the surveillance footage to Hueper’s driver’s license photo and “confirmed” that it was indeed her. A second tipster, who said he knew Hueper personally, contacted the FBI on March 23 and “confirmed that she was the person in photographs 225A and B,” according to the warrant.
The warrant does not include any cell phone location data showing them inside the Capitol; other FBI warrants related to the January 6 riot have included such data.