Capitol riot charges against Mercer County woman set for court hearing
A status hearing is scheduled Monday for a Capitol riot suspect from Mercer County nicknamed the "bullhorn lady" and "pink hat lady".
The hearing for Rachel Powell is set before U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lambeth in the District of Columbia.
The 40-year-old Sandy Lake resident faces multiple counts including obstruction, destruction of US property over $1,000, entering a restricted building or property with a dangerous weapon, entering a restricted building/property, and disorderly conduct.
According to an affidavit, during national news coverage of the capitol riot on Jan. 6 in Washington D.C., the video footage showed a woman in a pink hat, a black jacket with a fur-lined hoodie using a bullhorn telling others how to gain control of the Capitol. Investigators say they later identified the woman as Powell.
Once inside, the affidavit says Powell was seen using the bullhorn to give instructions about the layout of the building and instructing others on how to "take this building." She also noted that they “have another window to break," according to the affidavit.