woman has been arrested after allegedly pushing a police sergeant with a flagpole and threatening House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) with a flagpole during the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.
Audrey Ann Southard-Rumsey, 52, of Spring Hill, was arrested in Florida on Wednesday and is charged with nine counts, including assaulting a federal officer or employee, obstructing law enforcement during a civil disturbance, obstructing justice or Congress
, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and engaging in physical
violence on Capitol grounds.
agent wrote in an affidavit signed Tuesday that she was seen on video pushing against a United States Capitol Police
sergeant, who said in an interview
that she was one of two main agitators in a group at his location in a hallway between Statuary Hall and the Hall of Representatives.
The FBI said Southard-Rumsey told the sergeant, "Let us though. We have the building already," before pushing against him with a flagpole until he was driven back into the first set of doors leading to the House floor. The doors flew open and the sergeant was pushed back, striking his head on the base of the marble statue. It was unclear if the unnamed officer was injured.
During the ordeal, he told the FBI, he felt trampled.
According to the affidavit, Southard-Rumsey was captured on video yelling at cops, "Tell Pelosi we are coming for that bitch!" "There's a hundred thousand of us! What's it going to be?" and "Last friend, last bullet. What's it going to be?"
"Tell Pelosi we're coming for that bitch." "There's a hundred thousand of us, what's it going to be?" Audrey Ann Southard-Rumsey, 52, of Florida, was arrested today for assaulting cops at the Capitol on Jan. 6. pic.twitter.com/Q8TibMkwRH — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) June 2, 2021
In the days following the attack
, a tipter informed the FBI that Southard-Rumsey was inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, citing an image posted on her Facebook
page of her outside the building with the caption “DC Taking it back!!!”
According to the FBI, that person also recorded a video Southard-Rumsey posted on Twitter, in which she stated, “I’m doing a live feed. Standing in front of the Capitol building ready to take it. As soon as we get enough people
up here. To run the Capitol building. It’s going to be fun.”
According to the affidavit, she had written messages stating her intention to go to Washington
in the days leading up to the attack, including ones that said, “We The People are making a declaration...1776!!!” and “Patriots vs Traitors.”
Southard-Rumsey appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday in the Middle District of Florida and was released on conditions, including a $50,000 signature bond, which she must pay if she fails to appear in court again.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony Porcelli also ordered that she be barred from leaving the Middle District of Florida while her case is pending, with the exception of travel to Washington, D.C.
for court appearances.
She is one of approximately 440 people arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 riot, including 125 people charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, with hundreds more expected as authorities continue to investigate.