A third member of a group of North Texas real estate professionals who took a private plane to Washington, D.C., for a Donald Trump rally has been charged in federal court in connection with the storming of the U.S. Capitol.
Frisco real estate agent Jason Lee Hyland is accused, along with Frisco real estate broker Jennifer “Jenna” Ryan and Colleyville real estate agent Katherine “Katie” Schwab, of being in a mob that breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, federal court records show.
Hyland, 37, is at least the 11th North Texan to be charged after the violent Washington uprising.
In other developments, a Burleson man who is also accused of storming the Capitol and claimed to work for Murder the Media News, was indicted Thursday on a conspiracy count. Nicholas DeCarlo, 30, took part in a plot to stop Congress from certifying the results of the presidential election, according to the seven-count indictment. He and a Proud Boys member also raised money for the effort, authorities said.
Ryan, 50, documented the Texas trio’s two-day trip to Washington on Facebook and Twitter. That included a photo of her, Hyland and Schwab posing on Jan. 5 in front of a private plane on the tarmac of a Denton airport before their departure.
Ryan announced — in a Facebook video — her plans to protest and “storm the Capitol” with other Trump supporters who believed the election was stolen by Democrats, court records show.
Hyland, who surrendered Tuesday, is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority as well as disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
He was released Tuesday, court records show. Hyland’s attorney could not be reached Thursday for comment.
A witness gave FBI agents text messages sent among the group, according to a federal affidavit.
Hyland, who is certified as a student pilot, sent a group message on Jan. 5 under the subject header “Patriot Flight,” the FBI says.
The message said, “Thanks for joining me to DC to stand up for America. This will be historic — no matter the outcome,” and it gave details of the flight departure, the affidavit said.
On Jan. 6, the day of the riot, Ryan’s 21-minute Facebook Live video showed the group, including Hyland, walking toward the Capitol building, documents say. Hyland is seen in multiple images entering the Capitol through the rotunda door and holding up his cellphone inside the building, according to the FBI.
During a Jan. 19 interview with FBI agents, Hyland said he was responsible for the flight logistics but didn’t know any of his fellow travelers prior to the trip. He said he had invited Ryan and Schwab, with whom he was “friends” on Facebook, the affidavit said.
Hyland said the group stayed the night at a Washington hotel and attended the Trump rally the following day. He said that when he arrived at the Capitol, people had already made their way inside, the FBI says.
“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.”
She told the FBI she traveled with four other “patriots” to Washington. And she said she was “pushed by the crowds through the original set of doors entering the building and into a lobby area,” according to the complaint.
Schwab said she asked a Capitol police officer to help her leave the building after she was being “crushed by the crowd,” the FBI said.
Schwab told agents that the words Ryan used in her social media posts were “very bad” and that some of the videos she posted made the group look bad. Schwab was later fired from her real estate job, according to a report by Candy’s Dirt.
Ryan and Schwab, 32, have also been released as they await trial in Washington.
Hyland’s attorney said in a court filing that his client was living with Schwab at the time of his recent bond hearing.
In the other Texas case, DeCarlo and an accomplice, Nicholas Ochs, defaced the Capitol’s Memorial Door by inscribing the words “Murder the Media” in the wood, according to the indictment.
The pair also stole flex handcuffs from Capitol police at some point after illegally entering the Capitol, according to the indictment.
Ochs is founder of the Proud Boys’ Hawaii chapter, authorities say. Attorneys for the men could not be reached for comment.