Two more Texas real estate agents have been arrested for storming the US Capitol Building after flying into Washington DC on a private jet. Jason L
Two more Texas real estate agents have been arrested for storming the US Capitol Building after flying into Washington DC on a private jet.
Jason Lee Hyland, 37, and Katherine ‘Katie’ Schwab, 32, were charged Thursday with disorderly conduct and knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, The Daily Beast reports.
The charges come two weeks after another member of their private jet posse – 50-year-old Jennifer ‘Jenna’ Ryan – was also arrested on the same offences.
Ryan documented the group’s extravagant trip to DC, sharing photos to social media from inside the plush private jet.
Jason Lee Hyland (far right) and Katherine ‘Katie’ Schwab (center) were charged Thursday over their role in the storming of the US Capitol Building on January 6. Jennifer ‘Jenna’ Ryan (right) was charged with the same offences last month. The trio are pictured prior to flying from Texas to DC on a private jet on January 5
The Frisco-based real estate broker told NBC News last month that she spontaneously decided to travel to the nation’s capitol after receiving a Facebook message from an ‘adorable’ stranger looking for people to join him at Donald Trump’s ‘Stop The Steal’ rally on January 6.
That stranger is purported to be Hyland – who also works in the real estate industry in Frisco.
Hyland, who is a certified student pilot, has admitted to organizing the flight logistics to DC.
According to charging documents, he allegedly messaged the group of people joining him on the private jet in a group chat titled ‘Patriot flight’ on January 4.
‘Thanks for joining me to DC to stand up for America. This will be historic – no matter the outcome,’ he is purported to have written.
‘We will leave from us trinity hanger at Denton Airport tomorrow.’
The group flew out of Texas on January 5. They landed in DC several hours later and spent the night in a hotel before heading to Trump’s rally on the morning of January 6.
Later, Ryan, Schwab and Hyland were all caught on camera inside the Capitol as a mob of angry Trump supporters stormed the building.
Ryan and Schwab are seen posing for a picture on board the plush private jet
Hyland and Ryan are seen smiling for a photo after disembarking from the private jet, which they charted to Washington DC
According to charging documents, Hyland claimed he walked up the steps of the Capitol in a ‘funnel’ of people. He claims he was only inside the building ‘for a very short time’.
Schwab similarly claims that she was ‘was pushed by the crowds’ into the building’s lobby.
She told investigators that she started to get crushed due to her ‘small stature,’ and a Capitol Police Officer quickly helped her to exit the building.
Both Hyland and Schwab have since been released from custody after being charged in relation to the siege.
Schwab, who worked in real estate in Dallas, has reportedly been fired from her job.
However, it appears that she may have managed to find romance with Hyland during the chaotic two-day trip to DC.
Last month, Ryan told NBC that she first had her eye on Hyland during the escapade – but hinted that he instead ended up with Schwab.
‘He was adorable… [but] there was another adorable girl there, too, and they ended up getting together, darn it,’ she told NBC News.
Hyland described the walk up the steps of the Capitol building as a ‘funnel.’ There were two Capitol Police officers holding the doors open at the top of the stairs,’ the affidavit said. ‘Hyland asked if he could go inside, and one of the police officers said, ‘Everyone else is.’
He said he went inside and remained ‘for a very short time,’ according to the affidavit. Hyland said he left after hearing a loud bang similar to a ‘flash bang’ grenade.
Hyland’s real estate license is listed in state records as ‘inactive.’
According to a federal criminal complaint, Schwab posted on Facebook after the breach the following: ‘The National Guard was in there and didn’t move an inch. They sat back. They didn’t fight against us at all … because there was no need to. After the girl was shot and killed that’s when we raised hell.’
A Texas real estate broker facing federal charges for storming the US Capitol has been booted off PayPal after she asked her supporters to send money via the online payment system to help cover her legal fees.
Jennifer ‘Jenna’ Ryan, 50, of Frisco, is facing charges of knowingly entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct after she flew on a private jet to Washington DC ahead of the siege on January 6.
Despite flying in style, it appears Ryan does not have cash to splash on court costs, and turned to PayPal on Thursday to help raise funds.
‘I am accepting donations to pay legal fees and losses due to my arrest and charges by the FBI for protesting at the US Capitol. Thank you for your support. Any amount helps,’ Ryan tweeted along with a link to her PayPal account.
‘I have to go to trial in Washington DC for this misdemeanor. I believe I was wrongfully arrested and charged and we have to fight for my freedom and [clear] my name.’
‘I am being surrounded by hateful people who are calling me a racist and asking for me to go to prison for 10 or 20 years and saying all sorts of horrible mean things about me. They don’t even know me. They want my business destroyed. I need help patriots.’
By Thursday evening, Ryan’s bid to raise funds were thwarted when PayPayl kicked her off the platform.
‘PayPal has a policy to allow fundraising for legal defense purposes,’ a PayPal spokesperson told CBS News.
‘PayPal thoroughly reviews accounts, and if we learn that funds are used for anything other than legal defense, the account will be subject to immediate closure. We can confirm that the account in question has been closed.’
Jennifer ‘Jenna’ Ryan, 50, has been booted off PayPal after she asked her supporters to send money through the online payment system to help cover legal fees for charges relating to the Capitol riots on January 6
Ryan soon acknowledged that she had been booted off PayPal, but appeared to brush it off.
‘Shucky darn I can’t do business with PayPal anymore. What am I gonna do with myself? I think I will survive. Seems like some people want to cancel me because I’m trying to get donations from PayPal. Big Woop,’ she reportedly wrote in a tweet which she has since been deleted.
Ryan may not have been bothered by being blocked by PayPal because few people had donated to her cause. She had reportedly received less than $1,000 before her account was cancelled.
The outspoken blonde has fiercely maintained her innocence in the Capitol riots in multiple media interviews this week, including one where she claimed she only went to DC because a ‘very cute guy’ invited her.
She said she made the decision on a whim after receiving a Facebook message from a handsome stranger looking for people to join him at the rally Trump was holding at the White House.
‘He was adorable,’ the single realtor – who said she loves Trump, firmly believes his unfounded claims of voter fraud and has always wanted to attend one of his rallies – told NBC News on Monday. ‘So I said: ‘Heck yeah, let’s go.’ I mean, who wouldn’t go and get on a private jet?’
But unfortunately for Ryan, the pairing wasn’t meant to be.
‘There was another adorable girl there, too, and they ended up getting together, darn it,’ she said.
Earlier this week Ryan revealed that she decided to go to DC on a whim after receiving a Facebook message from a handsome stranger looking for people to join him at the rally Trump was holding at the White House. Pictured: Ryan (left) with the new friends she joined on the jet. She did not identify her crush by name but he is presumed to be one of the three men above
Ryan is seen posing next to the private jet which whisked her to Washington DC, where she allegedly participated in the siege of the Capitol
Two days after the insurrection Ryan realized she had much bigger problems than the failed romance, as the FBI identified her as a person of interest and shared grabs of a livestream she filmed of herself storming the Capitol.
Ryan didn’t identify her crush by name, but he is believed to be one of two men she and another woman were photographed with next to the private jet before their flight to the capital.
Three of the people in the photo have been identified but the two others remain a mystery.
One of the men, seen right next to Ryan, is her friend and fellow realtor Brian Miller. On the other side of Miller is Katie Schwab, another realtor who was reportedly terminated from her job at Century 21 over her involvement in the insurrection.
Ryan owns her own realty brokerage. She is the only member of the group facing charges.
Ryan posted this photo inside the cabin of the plane on Facebook and said the group spent the flight getting to know each other while drinking and bonding over their mutual love for Trump
Ryan also posted a photo of a broken window on Twitter, writing: ‘Window at The capital. And if the news doesn’t stop lying about us we’re going to come after their studios next’
She turned herself in on Friday morning, but has maintained that she did nothing wrong and has no regrets.
‘I have no guilt in my heart,’ Ryan told NBC News.
‘My intention was not to have a riot. I did not want to have a riot. I was documenting what was going on in the environment I was in.’
‘I’m glad I was there, because I witnessed history,’ she added later. ‘I’ll never get the chance to do that again. No one will probably ever be able to go near [the Capitol] again.’
Ryan is among 125 people who have been arrested so far on charges related to the violent insurrection led by Trump supporters at the Capitol. Charges range from curfew violations to serious federal felonies related to theft and weapons possession.
In total five people were killed during the siege, including one US Capitol Police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to search for the identities of several other individuals who were photographed rioting in the Capitol.
The FBI released video of Ryan inside the Capitol prior to her arrest last week