The FBI has arrested a Pennsylvania woman accused of using a bullhorn to direct rioters during last month’s Capitol siege, NBC affiliate WPXI reported.
Rachel Powell turned herself in to the agency Thursday night before she was taken to the Butler County Prison about 1 a.m. Friday, according to the news station.
Hours earlier, the FBI secured a search warrant to raid her home in Sandy Lake, about 65 miles north of Pittsburgh, WPXI reported. Agents searched her house to no avail before she surrendered later in the day.
Powell, a single mother of eight, faces charges of obstruction, depredation of government property, restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon, restricted building or grounds and violent entry or disorderly conduct, according to the news station. It is unclear if she has retained an attorney. The FBI could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.
In photos the FBI posted on its Twitter page, Powell can be seen wearing a bright pink hat and dark sunglasses on the day of the Jan. 6 attack.
Videos appear to show Powell carrying a battering ram to smash windows and using a bullhorn to direct rioters during the Capitol attack, according to officials. The FBI said Powell was seen telling rioters they had “another window to break” and should “coordinate together if you are going to take this building,” WPXI reported.
In a story Tuesday in The New Yorker, Powell acknowledged her role in the events at the Capitol, but said she did not act in coordination with an organized group.
She is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.
Dozens of other people have been arrested or charged after the pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol in a riot that led to the death of five people, including Capitol police Officer Brian Sicknick.