Man who stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop pleads guilty


  • Rafael Rondon pleaded guilty to charges related to Monday’s Capitol riot.
  • Rondon admitted to helping an “unknown man” steal a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
  • The 25-year-old traveled to the Capitol with his mother, who is also facing charges.

A 25-year-old New York man pleaded guilty on Monday to helping steal a laptop computer from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol Riot.

Rafael Rondon of Watertown, New York, pleaded in DC federal court for obstructing official process and aiding and abetting the obstruction of official process, the Justice Department said in a press release.

The first charge, a felony, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Rondon is expected to be sentenced on March 13.

According to court documents, Rondon and his mother, Maryann Mooney-Rondon, traveled to Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally. But they seemed interested in more than just protesting.

Rondon told investigators that he and his mother took the subway to DC because “he didn’t think it was a good idea to drive his car into the city he intended to break into. in the U.S. Capitol,” investigators detailed in court documents.

U.S. Speaker House Representative Nancy Pelosi.

U.S. Speaker House Representative Nancy Pelosi.

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Just before 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2021, Rondon and his mother illegally entered the Capitol building, eventually heading to Pelosi’s office, according to court documents.

Rondon then helped an “unknown man” steal a laptop from the office by disconnecting the wires and placing the laptop in the other man’s bag, according to the documents.

He and his mother each stole gas masks from the Capitol meant to protect members of Congress and their staff, before eventually leaving the building, prosecutors also said.

As part of his plea deal, Rondon agreed to be questioned about the Capitol riot by investigators before his sentencing and to let law enforcement officers review his social media accounts.

Rondon’s mother has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her and filed papers last month to have one of the charges dismissed.

When Rondon and his mother were arrested in October 2021, FBI agents seized what they say is an illegal sawed-off shotgun from his possession, for which he also faces charges.

Attorneys for Rondon and her mother did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.



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