By: KDKA-TV News Staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) – Rachel Powell, the Mercer County mother of eight known as “the bullhorn lady,” has been indicted by a grand jury for her alleged role in the Capitol attack on Jan. 6.READ MORE: Attorney General Josh Shapiro Reports $10M In Campaign Cash For Gubernatorial Run
Powell was indicted by a grand jury in D.C. on charges including act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings; obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting; destruction of government property; and engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon.
According to the indictment, Powell is accused of storming into a restricted section of the U.S. Capitol carrying an axe and a large wooden pole. She allegedly showed up to disrupt Congress and destroyed a window in her path, costing more than $1,000 in damage.
She’s become known as the lady with the bullhorn, seeming to have knowledge of the Capitol building’s floor plan, instructing insurrectionists where to go. Moments before, she can be seen in position with a battering ram breaking the glass window, forcefully leading the pack onward.READ MORE: Applications Open For LIHEAP With Increased Benefits
The FBI says Powell was with a group inside the Capitol and provided detailed instructions on the building’s layout, telling rioters that “they should ‘coordinate together if you are going to take this building.’”
Her attorney has previously told KDKA she has no criminal record and poses no public threat.
Powell had all her guns taken by the feds. When they raided her home, they also found bags loaded with duct tape, rope cell phones, throwing stars and other weapons.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 276 New Cases, 1 Additional Death
She was released from jail pending trial.