Last month, Texas realtor Jenna Ryan made national news after being identified as one of the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Ryan took a private jet to Washington, DC, and brazenly posted on social media during the breach — including posing in front of a shattered Capitol window. After her arrest, she begged then President Donald Trump for a pardon but didn’t get one.
Now, federal authorities have arrested two more Texas real-estate agents who flew with Ryan to Washington, DC, and took part in the violent riot. They are Jason Lee Hyland, 37, and Katherine “Katie” Schwab, 32.
The duo was arrested earlier this week — Schwab on Monday and Hyland the next day, according to the Justice Department — and face charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
According to the Dallas Morning News, both Schwab and Hyland attended a pro-Trump rally before they stormed the Capitol, officials said.
Schwab told authorities that the weekend before the rally, she had posted on Facebook about plans to travel to Washington, and asked if any Trump supporters wanted to join her, according to her criminal complaint.
She and four other “patriots” flew to Washington the day before the rally, and that she only knew Hyland, according to the complaint. The identities of two of those travelers are not known.
Hyland told authorities that he organized the private jet to Washington, according to his criminal complaint. He also sent a message to the group titled “Patriot flight,” saying: “Thanks for joining me to DC to stand up for America. This will be historic — no matter the outcome.”
Hyland and Schwab said they took an Uber back to the Capitol, and proceeded to join the throngs entering the building.
According to the report, Schwab admitted in her interview with authorities that Ryan’s social-media posts and footage from the Capitol were “very bad” and said they made the group look “bad.”
During a livestream of her entering the building Ryan could be heard saying: “We are going to f—ing go in here. Life or death, it doesn’t matter,” according to the criminal complaint against Ryan.
She also posed in front of a shattered window at the Capitol, writing: “Window at The capital [sic]. And if the news doesn’t stop lying about us we’re going to come after their studios next …”
Hyland’s real-estate license is listed in state records as being “inactive.” Meanwhile, the agency where Schwab worked announced on Facebook on January 7 that she was no longer associated with them, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The pair could face up to 10 years in prison because of Trump’s executive order meant for BLM protesters.