Donovan Crowl biography: 13 things about Oath Keepers member from Woodstock, Ohio

Donovan Ray Crowl (©Montgomery County Jail)

Donovan Ray Crowl (©Montgomery County Jail)

Donovan Ray Crowl is a white man from Ohio, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Woodstock, Champaign County, Ohio. (a)
  2. From 1987 to 1993, he served in the Marines, was stationed on the U.S.S. Iwo Jima at one point and rose to the rank of corporal, according to his mother Teresa Joann Rowe, a retired nurse, and his sister Denissa Crowl, a nurse. (b)
  3. He is very skilled in firearms and was an expert sharpshooter, according to Denissa. (b)
  4. In 1990, he served as a helicopter mechanic on an amphibious assault ship in the Persian Gulf. (b)
  5. After leaving the Marines in 1993, he held occasional jobs in construction, struggled with addiction and faced several charges including probation violation and domestic violence. He struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to him. (b)
  6. He is a critic of 44th U.S. president Barack Obama. (b)
  7. He believes in phrenology but denied that he harbored racist views. (b)
  8. He is a member of the Oath Keepers, which was founded by Stewart Rhodes in 2009, and the Ohio State Regular Militia, which Jessica Watkins formed in 2019. (b)
  9. In 2020, he was arrested in Ohio for driving under the influence. On November 7, 2020, he appeared with the Ohio State Regular Militia at an event at the Ohio Statehouse where attendees celebrated Joe Biden‘s election. (b)
  10. On January 1, 2021, he referred to his fellow Oath Keepers member Thomas Edward Caldwell as Commander in a Facebook message. (c)
  11. Wearing a combat helmet, ballistic goggles and a tactical vest with a handheld radio, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021 with Watkins, Caldwell and six other Oath Keepers members. That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. (b)
  12. From January 14-17, 2021, he and Watkins stayed in Caldwell’s house in Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia, USA. On January 17, 2021, he and Watkins drove back from Virginia and turned themselves in to the police department in Urbana, Champaign County. They were booked into the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton, Montgomery County. An FBI special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, Watkins and Caldwell, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui on January 19, 2021. (c) (d)
  13. He was 50 years old when he participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. For his participation in the riot, he was charged with conspiracy, conspiracy to impede or injure officer, destruction of government property, obstruction of an official proceeding, restricted building or grounds and violent entry or disorderly conduct.


(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)


If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

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