Marilyn Hueper recounts 'surreal moment' when FBI agents cuffed her and seized devices over 'mistaken identity'
According to Marilyn Hueper, they entered through an attached business establishment of theirs and broke down the kitchen door
Alaska resident Marilyn Hueper has recounted the horrifying ordeal when FBI agents broke into her home and seized her electronics last month.
In the early hours of Wednesday, April 28, twelve agents raided a Homer, Alaska couple's home looking for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laptop. According to Marilyn Hueper, they entered through an attached business establishment of theirs and broke down the kitchen door. With their guns drawn, the agents separated Marilyn from her husband Paul Hueper, cuffed them, seized their devices and allegedly interrogated them for over three hours. It eventually turned out to be a case of "mistaken identity."
"Our home is attached to our business. They came in through the business and knocked on the kitchen door," Hueper told Rose Unplugged on WJAS 1320 AM in an interview on Wednesday, May 12. "We didn't answer it because we were asleep, so they broke in the dorm, came in, and commanded us to come out unarmed."
"We had six or seven loaded guns pointed at us," she continued. "They chained us up in handcuffs and held us captive for multiple hours."
Hueper said they just happened to be on vacation in DC the same week Trump was due to address his supporters at the Ellipse on January 6. They decided to attend the rally, which they did. However, they allegedly never entered the Capitol building. However, FBI agents accused Hueper of entering the federal building and being an accomplice in the theft of Pelosi's laptop.
She continued, "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 was also asked who she was working for, and she had instead responded with laughter. She then said, "I don’t mean to be disrespectful and laughing, but this is really surreal and strange."
As they approached the end of the interrogation, FBI agents reportedly pulled out a photo of the woman they were seeking. The woman did resemble Hueper, but it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.
The Huepers were not charged with any crimes. Nonetheless, Marilyn Hueper decided to share her horrifying ordeal during the interview with Rose Unplugged on WJAS 1320 AM. The host asked Hueper if she felt "terrorized" during the ordeal. "Thankfully, we were waking up from sleep and so we were kind of groggy. It all seemed surreal. Obviously, threatening, but also surreal," she responded, adding how she thought "this isn't really happening, I'm still dreaming."
Hueper said she had guests over and that they were also traumatized by the unnecessary episode. According to her, the FBI also confiscated her pocket Declaration of Independence.
A spokesperson for the FBI’s Anchorage field office, Chloe Martin, confirmed that agents conducted a court-authorized law enforcement activity at the Homer Inn and Spa. Martin spoke to AP and said, "While individuals are free to speak about their interactions with the FBI, we do not, as a matter of practice, discuss or describe any contact we have or allegedly have with individuals," and added, "At this time, and until it reaches the public realm, we can’t discuss the details."