An Alaska couple who attended the protest at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 along with thousands of other peaceful protesters who didn’t take part in the violence on that day received a downright frightening wakeup call last week as a team of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) kicked down their front door.
According to Breitbart, the FBI agents burst through the front door of Paul and Marilyn Huepers’ Alaska home on April 28 reportedly in search of the laptop belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that was stolen during the tragic events that unfolded inside of the Capitol building during the Jan. 6 riots.
At first, the couple had no idea why they could possibly be in trouble with the law, especially as they told the agents that they were nowhere near the violence that took place on that day. Their harrowing account of the FBI raid, which was detailed on a website called the Alaska Watchman, included allegations that the federal agents kept them in the dark for the first hour of the search warrant.
“We sat there really for the first hour, not knowing what’s going on. They never offered for us to be comfortable,” Paul Hueper said. “It was very harshly done.”
The couple claimed that agents began “barking out commandments” after breaching the front door of the home and then proceeded to handcuff and interrogate the couple for roughly an hour before they were finally told the reason why the search warrant was being conducted.
The agents were apparently most interested in Marilyn Hueper and showed her a picture obtained from that day that they believed to be her, though that theory was quickly shot down by the couple as it was determined that it was not Marilyn Hueper in the photo, based on distinct facial features and other clues.
“Oh that’s obviously not me. Why didn’t you show me that photo to start with?” Marilyn said while going on to point out a noticeable difference in earlobes and the fact that the woman in the picture was wearing a sweater Marilyn sai “You couldn’t pay me to wear.”
In the Watchman’s report of the scary encounter, the raid was labeled as a case of “mistaken identity,” though a number of other trouble revelations came to light, such as the Huepers’ claims that they weren’t read their Miranda Rights before being detained, not to mention the seven heavily armed agents reportedly bursting into the home with guns drawn while not immediately announcing the search warrant.
While the FBI certainly has a right to do their job, if the Huepers’ recounting of the situation is even half true, it sounds like the situation could have been handled in a more professional manner.