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More real estate agents charged with storming the Capitol

Two more Texas-based real estate agents have been arrested for their alleged roles in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol after they turned themselves in to authorities last week.

Real estate agents Jason Lee Hyland, 37, of Frisco, Texas, and Katherine Schwab, 32, of Colleyville, Texas, were charged Thursday with entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

The duo shared a private plane from Texas to Washington, D.C. with Jenna Ryan, the Frisco, Texas-based Realtor who was criminally charged in mid-January with disorderly conduct at the U.S. Capitol. The flight was arranged by Hyland, according to The Dallas Morning News.

HousingWire has reached out to both Hyland and Schwab’s attorneys for comment.

Hyland and Schwab can be seen in several of Ryan’s videos from the plane, including one where Ryan said “they want to steal the election, they want to steal everything.” The three real estate agents also posted photos of themselves on the same flight and from when they landed at Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia.


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Schwab was fired by a Century 21 franchise following the insurrection. In a statement posted on Facebook, the company said “such conduct [by Katie Schwab] does not comport with the policies or values of our company. This real estate agent is no longer associated with Century 21 Mike Bowman, Inc.”

She appeared in federal court in Fort Worth last week and was released pending trial in Washington D.C., according to The Fort Worth Star Telegram. She has been placed on home detention.

Hyland’s real estate license is listed as “inactive” according to state records.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation presented a Facebook Live video – shot and posted by Ryan – of Hyland and Schwab walking towards the Capitol from the rally held by former President Donald Trump. Hyland said the group initially went back to the hotel after seeing a small amount of people gathered around the Capitol, but took an Uber back when they saw crowds going into the building on television.

Surveillance footage shows Hyland entering through the Rotunda door.

Hyland told the FBI that he left the Capitol after he heard a loud noise “similar to a flash bang.” Schwab said she was pushed into the building by the crowd.

“[The National Guard] didn’t fight against us at all… there was no need to,” Schwab said, according to the criminal complaint. “After the girl was shot and killed that’s when we raised hell.”

Hyland and Schwab are at least the 11th and 12th North Texans to be charged in participating in the insurrection.

With Schwab relieved of her duties at Century 21 and Hyland in possession of a non-active real estate agent license, the Texas Real Estate Commission will have less of a headache on its hands than when Ryan was first charged. As the owner of her own real estate company, Jenna Ryan Realty, Ryan cannot fire herself, technically – and even if she didn’t, the TREC said it can only act against realtors who have committed fraud while serving in a real estate capacity.

“This section gives the Commission authority to suspend or revoke a license holder that has entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere or has been convicted of a felony or any criminal offense that involves fraud, including misdemeanors,” the TREC site reads. 

Ryan’s story made the rounds on most major media outlets following her arrest, thanks in part to her social media posts – including ones that she filmed of herself saying things such as “We are going to f––––g go in here” and “life or death, it doesn’t matter.” Just before entering the Capitol, Ryan said, “Y’all know who to hire for your realtor – Jenna Ryan for your realtor.”

Ryan later said in an interview she hoped then-President Trump would pardon her since she was “answering his call.”

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