Criminal charges filed against Jenna Ryan, Frisco real estate broker who was part of Capitol mob
Updated at 12:38 p.m. with more details from the complaint.
The Frisco real estate broker who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 — and documented it on social media — is facing charges after a criminal complaint was filed against her Friday.
Jennifer “Jenna” Leigh Ryan, 50, is charged with “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority” and “disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds,” according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
It alleges that she engaged in “disruptive conduct” in the Capitol with the “intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress.”
A statement from FBI special agent Amie C. Stemen detailed the photos and videos Ryan shared on social media, including a video in which she says, “We’re gonna go down and storm the Capitol,” in front of a bathroom mirror.
Stemen also noted that Ryan live-streamed a 21-minute Facebook video of her and a group walking towards the Capitol.
“We are going to [expletive] go in here,” Ryan said in the video as she approached the top of the stairs on the west side of the Capitol building. “Life or death, it doesn’t matter. Here we go.”
She then turned the camera to expose her face, the complaint noted, and said, “Y’all know who to hire for your realtor, Jenna Ryan for your realtor.”
Nearly halfway through, Ryan appears to have made it to the front door, chanting, “USA, USA” and “Here we are, in the name of Jesus.” She could also be heard yelling, “Fight for freedom, fight for freedom!” and “This is our house!”
The court documents include multiple images that depict Ryan, wearing a red, white and blue winter hat with “Trump” emblazoned across it, near the Capitol building and inside it, which the complaint states establishes probable cause that she entered without lawful authority.
Ryan has continued to post on social media and has given media interviews about her experience at the Capitol, denying stepping through the doors and telling Spectrum News that when she said she was “storming our Capitol,” she meant, “We’re here,” and “We’re descending on D.C.”
Ryan said that the president asked his supporters to be there and that she “answered the call” because she believes the November election was rigged.
She released a public statement saying she did not condone the violence that occurred and was “truly heartbroken for the people who have lost their lives.”
In an interview with CandysDirt.com, a Dallas-based real estate news site, Ryan said she and others didn’t care that someone was shot because “our freedom is more important to us than our lives.” She later threatened on Twitter to sue the site for using the word “terrorist” in its story.
The real estate broker has received a mountain of backlash, including name-calling, negative reviews on her business page and requests for her real estate license to be revoked. The license now lists “Jennifer Rodgers” as one of the names under which she can do business.
Residents of Carrollton noted that a sign advertising her real estate business was vandalized with slurs against her and then removed Sunday afternoon.
Ryan, who also runs a business as a life coach, said a publisher canceled her self-help book that was scheduled to be released in February.
She told Spectrum News she wants to run for office someday as part of the “Patriot Party,” following the path of another North Texas resident who received name recognition for her conservative views. Shelley Luther was arrested last year for opening her hair salon during a statewide government shutdown due to COVID-19. Luther lost a December runoff for a state Senate seat.
Another North Texas resident, 54-year-old Larry Rendall Brock Jr. of Grapevine, was released from custody over FBI objections Thursday after a detention hearing in federal court. Brock was also identified in photos as part of the mob that stormed the Capitol.
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