‘I have no military background … I’m a mom with eight kids. That’s it. I work. And I garden. And raise chickens. And sell cheese at a farmers’ market’ The FBI has arrested a woman seen on video participating in the Capitol riots last month while apparently directing the insurrectionists with a bullhorn and donning a pink hat, after the mother of eight defended her involvement in the deadly mob in a new interview. Rachel Marie Powell was arrested by authorities on Thursday in Pennsylvania and charged with obstruction, violent entry/disorderly conduct, depredation of government property and entering a restricted building with a dangerous weapon. She could face decades in prison if convicted on all counts, reports said. (…) Ms Powell, who has since described herself as a cheese vendor for local farmers markets with “no military background,” earned herself the moniker “pink hat lady” after videos of her storming the Capitol and seemingly instructing others went viral during the attacks, which left at least five people dead, including United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.  According to the filings, Ms Powell smashed a window in the Capitol building to illegally gain entry into the facilities as Congress convened to certify former President Donald Trump’s defeat in the 2020 elections. 

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siehe auch: Local mom in custody for role in violence at U.S. Capitol will stay in prison until next hearing. Local mom in custody for role in violence at U.S. Capitol will stay in prison until next hearing. Rachel Powell, the local mother of eight who has been on-the-run from the FBI, is now in custody and will stay there until her next hearing. She turned herself in to the FBI in New Castle Thursday night, officials said. Powell was taken to the Butler County Prison, which is a holding facility for federal inmates, about 1 a.m. Friday. Powell is charged with obstruction, depredation of government property, restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon, restricted building or grounds and violent entry or disorderly conduct. “Rachel Powell is neither a danger to her community or a risk of flight. She hired counsel to assist her in turning herself in to the FBI and to address these charges. It is inconceivable that she would try to run and leave her children without their mother.” Powell didn’t speak during a hearing Friday afternoon, other than to give her name. Her next hearing will be Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. and she will be held in the Butler County Prison until then. Sources told Channel 11 she’s unhappy about wearing a mask in jail.