Rachel Powell biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania

Rachel Marie Powell (©FBI)
Rachel Marie Powell (©FBI)

Rachel Marie Powell is a white woman from Pennsylvania, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. She was born in Anaheim, Orange County, California, USA. (a)
  2. She was raised in Fresno, California by her mother Deborah Lemons, who worked at a local shop, and her stepfather, who was a plumber. When she was a child, she and her stepfather were the victims of a carjacking. (a)
  3. When she was 15, she and her family moved to West Sunbury, Butler County, Pennsylvania to take care of a relative of her stepfather. After graduating from high school, she remained in Pennsylvania. (a)
  4. She is a mother of eight. She homeschools all of her children. (a)
  5. She was 16 years old when she gave birth to her first child. In 2016, she gave birth to her eighth child. In the same year, she did not vote for Donald Trump but in November 2020, she voted for him. (a)
  6. In 2017, she separated from her husband. (a)
  7. She has a certification as a group fitness instructor and has taken a course in alternative medicine, according to her. (a)
  8. She was against wearing masks during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On May 3, 2020, she wrote on Facebook, “One good thing about this whole CV crisis is that I suddenly feel very patriotic.” (a)
  9. On July 4, 2020, she attended the rally at the Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania where members of far-right groups gathered purportedly to protect Civil War monuments from desecration. Holding an iPhone with a Kate Spade Hollyhock Floral case, she was one of the 50 demonstrators who surrounded and aggressively questioned a man wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt. In the same rally, she met met Kevin Lynn, who founded a group advocating for the hiring of American workers in the U.S. technology industry. (a)
  10. On January 5, 2021, she and Lynn met near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They drove to Washington, D.C., USA in his car. Wearing a pink hat and sunglasses while holding an iPhone with a Kate Spade Hollyhock Floral case, she went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. That day, Trump’s supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. During the riot, she used a battering ram to smash a window and a bullhorn to issue orders. She was dubbed the Bullhorn Lady and the Pink Hat Lady. (a)
  11. She was 40 years old when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested her on February 4, 2021 near her home in Sandy Lake, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Via Zoom, she appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia L. Dodge. She was held in Butler County Prison in Butler, Pennsylvania. (a) (b) (c)
  12. For her participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, she was charged with obstruction of an official proceeding; destruction of government property; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; engaging in physical violence in a restricted building; disorderly conduct in a U.S. Capitol building; act of physical violence in the Capitol grounds or buildings and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. (c)
  13. Represented by Michael Engle, she was released from prison on February 11, 2021. Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell decided that she would put on house arrest and required her to wear a mask whenever she leaves her residence. After her release, a video emerged showing her wearing a white mesh mask, a noncompliant mask in the bookstore in Pennsylvania where she works. On April 16, 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth issued an order saying that his concerns went beyond the video and included her evasive response when a Pretrial Services officer contacted her to ask about her compliance with the mask order. (c) (d)


(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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