A lady who noticed her directing rioters with a megaphone had baggage, smashed cell telephones and gun provides at house, prosecutors say
The Justice Department explained the investigators’ findings in a new motion to keep Ms. Rachel Powell in jail before her trial. A Pennsylvania federal judge had previously decided to release her shortly after her arrest, but federal prosecutors appealed that decision to the Columbia District District Court, prosecuting Powell, saying they were both “a threat to the community.” “and a risk of flight. “
Powell of Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania, has been charged with obstruction, demolition of state property, entering a restricted building or site with a dangerous weapon, entering a restricted building or site, and violent entry or disorderly conduct. In an interview with the New Yorker, she admitted she was present at the riot and used a megaphone to guide rioters trying to re-enter the Capitol.
When agents ransacked Powell’s house, prosecutors wrote that they had found “several smashed cell phones” in addition to “gun supplies”. They also found out what prosecutors said: “Law enforcement was labeled ‘Go Bags’ because they appeared to be prepackaged for an upcoming departure.”
Prosecutors submitted photos obtained from CNN subsidiary WTAE to the court showing which agents were found at home. The photos show what prosecutors found in the “go bags”, including throwing knives and survival equipment such as duct tape, lighters and tarpaulins.
Investigators also say they found what is used as shooting targets that read, “Guns don’t kill people. I do.”; “Better shot than my ex.”; “Prayer is a great way to meet the Lord, but entering is faster!”
On February 4, CNN and other outlets reported that the FBI had searched their home but was still looking for Powell. Prosecutors admit it took 11 hours to arrest her, despite briefing Powell’s defense attorney Michael Engle of the arrest warrants on February 4 at 7 a.m.
“At noon, (Engle) told law enforcement that the defendant was near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but would not give the exact location,” the prosecutor said.
When she was arrested, Powell did not have a cell phone; Engle said at the detention hearing, prosecutors said, “She may have been ordered not to bring it.”
CNN has contacted Engle about the appeal but has not yet received a response.
Prosecutors find Powell is the mother of eight. Two of them are adults and she shares custody of the remaining six people, ages 4 to 17, with her ex-husband. They claim Powell “left the children at home unattended” on Jan. 6.
On January 30, the day before the New York article was published, prosecutors said she “dropped the children off at her ex-husband’s home with no explanation and no indication of when she would return.” Prosecutors say the ex-husband seeks full custody of the children.
US attorney spokeswoman Margaret Philbin confirmed to CNN that Powell remains in jail ahead of a District of Columbia trial today in which a judge will rule on the prosecutor’s appeal.
CNN’s Patrick Cornell contributed to this report.