CHARLESTON, Virginia (AP) – A member of the West Virginia National Guard part-time, who authorities say was wearing a T-shirt that said “Yes, I’m a Trump Girl” on the U.S. Capitol rotunda, was charged with involvement in the January 2021 riot.
Jamie Lynn Ferguson was arrested last week in Lynchburg, Virginia, and an initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge in Washington, D.C., is scheduled for Tuesday, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint alleges that Ferguson was charged with entering and staying in a prohibited building, hooliganism and destructive behavior in a prohibited building, hooliganism in the Capitol building, and holding a parade, demonstration or picketing in the Capitol building.
Ferguson is a technical sergeant and part-time guard assigned to the West Virginia National Guard, Guard spokeswoman Major Holly Nelson said in a statement.
“Politically, the 130th Aviation Wing and the West Virginia National Guard have not commented on the criminal charges,” the statement said.
On Monday, the federal attorney general, listed by Ferguson, did not respond immediately to a phone call asking for comment on her behalf.
On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Office submitted to the FBI a report on Ferguson’s suspicions of involvement with the Capitol. The report featured a photo of her and biographical information, as well as posts on social media and screenshots of videos allegedly showing her at the Capitol 6 January rotunda.
Ferguson was on vacation from January 5 to 7. Her destination was designated Washington, D.C., according to an OSI report.
On January 3, 2021, an article was published in the woman’s Facebook account depicting the crowd in front of the Capitol with a storm cloud and Mount Rushmore above it. The caption in the woman’s letter reads: “I pray that this is exactly what DC will look like on January 6th. #HoldTheLine ». Commenting on the letter, she was asked if the woman was going to the Capitol, and she replied, “I am,” according to a statement of facts filed by a special FBI agent.
Capitol police video shows a woman with long dark hair, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with white letters and a backpack, entering the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the statement said.
On January 14, 2021, FBI agents interviewed Ferguson at his home and provided photos and videos from a cell phone from January 5 to 7, 2021. videos and news photos at the Capitol, the statement said.
Ferguson told agents that she and her parents, who later left, attended rallies in support of then-President Donald Trump. Ferguson said she was heading to the Capitol, believing she would be able to see Trump again, the statement said. She said she stayed in the Rotonda area for about 40 minutes.
Court documents indicate Ferguson’s year of birth as 1977, but edit her month and date. Following her release, Ferguson was ordered to remain at her parents’ home in Virginia.