Audrey Ann Southard biography: 13 things about US Capitol rioter from Spring Hill, Florida

Audrey Ann Southard-Rumsey is a white woman from Spring Hill, Hernando County, Florida, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:

Audrey Ann Southard-Rumsey (©U.S. Department of Justice)
Audrey Ann Southard-Rumsey (©U.S. Department of Justice)
  1. From 1990 to 1992, she attended Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA where she earned an associate’s degree in music. (a)
  2. From 2006 to 2008, she was a vocal music teacher at Garden Music in Winter Garden, Orange County, Florida. (a)
  3. In 2010, she and Myndee Washington performed in a community theater production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Stage West Playhouse in Spring Hill. They became friends but eventually grew apart. According to Washington, she started to become involved with the Tea Party, posting on Facebook conspiracy theories claiming that 44th U.S. president Barack Obama was not a natural-born U.S. citizen. (b)
  4. She is a soprano. She won the Ibla Grand Prize Bellini International Vocal Competition in Sicily, Italy in 2012 and performed at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA in 2013. (c)(d)
  5. From August 2013 to August 2016, she was a vocal teacher at Westchase Music School in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. She started working as a voice and beginning piano teacher at Music Matters in New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida in March 2016 and at Rising Star Music in Spring Hill in October 2016. (a)
  6. From October 2018 to January 2020, she was a voice and piano teacher at The Lesson Company in Wesley Chapel, Pasco County. In January 2020, she started working as a voice and beginning piano teacher at Voxx Mechanix LLC in Spring Hill, which she owns. (a)
  7. On August 8, 2020, she attended a counter-protest against a Black Lives Matter demonstration in New Port Richey. One of the Black Lives Matter protesters was Washington, her old friend. They stopped being Facebook friends since then. (b)(e)
  8. On January 5, 2021, she traveled from Florida in a rental car with James R. Christenson, then 55, of Tarpon Springs and two other people. They rented a condo at The Historic Powhatan Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. (b)(e)(f)
  9. She went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. That day, 45th U.S. president Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming 46th U.S. president Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. She was one of the two main agitators who confronted a U.S. Capitol Police officer. (e)(f)
  10. A Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint against her, which was signed on June 1, 2021 by U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey. (f)
  11. On June 2, 2021, she was arrested and she appeared in federal court in Tampa before U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli. For her participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, she was charged with assault on a federal officer or employee, obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder, obstruction of justice or congress, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, knowing engaging in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a U.S. Capitol building, parading, demonstrating or picketing in a U.S. Capitol building and engaging in an act of physical violence in the grounds or any of the U.S. Capitol buildings. (e)(f)
  12. She was 54 years old when she was found guilty on January 27, 2023 of obstruction of an official proceeding, three counts of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers and three counts of civil disorder, all felonies. (g)
  13. On June 3, 2023, she will attend her sentencing hearing. (g)

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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