Trump rioter Rachel Marie Powell —dubbed “the bullhorn lady” after video emerged of Powell appearing to shout orders through a bullhorn during the Jan. 6 sacking of the Capitol— was taken into custody in Pennsylvania on Thursday night, federal authorities said on Friday.
Powell, a 40-year-old single mother of eight of Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, was apprehended Thursday night in New Castle, said Margaret Philbin, a spokesperson for the Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney’s Office
According to a complaint filed Friday in federal court, an anonymous tipster first outed Powell to the FBI and gave agents the link to Powell’s Facebook profile. There, agents were able to match photos of Powell wearing a distinctive set of earmuffs with those she was seen wearing at the Capitol.
Prosecutors say Powell used a pipe to smash a window at the Capitol, causing more than $1,000 in damages. She faces multiple charges, including violent entry or disorderly conduct, obstruction and depredation of government property. She faces decades behind bars, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, if convicted on all counts.
Neighbors say Powell and some of the younger children hadn’t been seen for a week or more.
Powell turned herself in after learning she was facing criminal charges, her attorney, Michael Engle, told the Associated Press. “She wanted to turn herself in to face these charges and address them head-on,” he said, according to CBS News.