Florida opera singer accused of flagpole officer during Capitol violence

Audrey Southard played Carnegie Hall seven and a half years before the events of January 6.

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Audrey Ann Southard, 52, of Spring Hill, Florida, was charged Tuesday with multiple counts, including assault of a government official, after she was caught on video shouting, "Tell Pelosi, we're coming for that b ----," according to an affidavit in support of her arrest.

Southard's role in the Capitol, where protesters were influenced by then-President Donald Trump over unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud in an attempt to distort the results of the 2020 election, took place in a far different direction than he had imagined seven and a half years earlier.

Tipster told the FBI that SOUTHARDRUMSEY, while using its profile on Facebook, posted a photo of him in front of the Capitol Building with captions saying "DC Reaking it !! "

The soprano performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, one of the world's most prestigious music venues, on May 2, 2013, records were shown and a concert hall spokesman said on Friday.

Southard played that day with Finnish pianist Lisa Pimia, and were shown the concert hall records. The critic said his performance was "attractive, not forced," adding, "I'm glad to hear this great artist progress in the arts."

Southard reached the famous stage by playing last year in the Ibla Grand Prize Bellini International Vocal Competition. It was unclear where Southard's work went after Carnegie Hall.

His LinkedIn account says he teaches voice and piano under the business name Voxx Mechanix LLC, based in Spring Hill. He was not available by phone on Friday, but by email said he did not wish to comment.

"Thank you for contacting me. NEVER DO IT AGAIN! Have a nice day. Audrey," she wrote.

The FBI learned about Southard's use of a tipster, which led agents on the suspect's social media platforms, where he boasted of his trip: "DC Reaking it back!"

"'Going to DC tomorrow ... Patriot's vs Traitors' and 'We The People make an announcement ... 1776 !!'" The FBI said Southard wrote in the letters that had been removed.

Screengrab from video showing Audrey Ann Southard inside Capitol January 6, 2020

The affidavit states that Southard left Florida with two other people for a stay at the Historic Powhatan Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, on the night of January 5.

The next day, he entered the Capitol via the Rotunda Door on the east side of the building at 2:26 p.m., the FBI said, citing security documents.

He confronted a U.S. Capitol Police sergeant, telling him: "There are 100,000 of us, what will it be? Last friend, last bullet. What will it be?"

He eventually grabbed a flag pole and used it to stab the officer, known as "Sgt. V," through the doors of the House apartment, where he knocked on the head of a Lafayette marble statue.

"Sgt. V felt as if he were being trampled underfoot," investigators said in an affidavit.