A member of the West Virginia National Guard has been charged in federal court for the surge into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Jamie Lynn Ferguson, 45, was charged last week in federal court with four federal charges: entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
Federal investigators began examining Ferguson’s activities on Jan. 14, 2021. The charges against her had been under seal until Friday. Ferguson was arrested Wednesday in Virginia, where she lives.
Ferguson has an initial appearance set for 1 p.m. Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Ferguson’s LinkedIn social media profile identifies her as a Martinsville, Va., resident and an aerospace medical technician for the West Virginia National Guard.
The West Virginia National Guard, in a statement, confirmed that “Technical Sgt. Jamie L. Ferguson is a part time, drill status guardsman assigned to the West Virginia Air National Guard. As a matter of policy, the 130th Airlift Wing and the West Virginia National Guard do not comment on pending criminal charges.”
Ferguson came under scrutiny by Jan. 14, 2021, when the Department of the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations provided an investigative analysis report to the FBI indicating that Ferguson was suspected of unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol with hundreds of others while members of Congress fulfilled their constitutional duty of certifying the presidential election.
A review of Ferguson’s leave requests confirmed that she was on leave from Jan. 5 to 7 that year, listing her destination as Washington, D.C. Agents reviewed her social media posts leading up to Jan. 6 and took note of an image of a crowd in front of the Capitol with a storm cloud above. She captioned the post, “I pray this is exactly what D.C. will look like on Jan. 6th. #HoldTheLine.”
Video footage showed a woman matching Ferguson’s description entering the east front Rotunda doors of the U.S. Capitol at 2:42 p.m. while wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt with the phrase “Yes, I’m a Trump Girl” in white block lettering and carrying an olive green backpack.
Footage shows her remaining in the Rotunda and its adjacent entryway until exiting at 3:33 p.m.
In an interview with investigators, Ferguson said she had been at a rally to support President Donald Trump from about 9 to 9:30 a.m. that day. After the rally concluded, her mother and father left but she went on to the U.S. Capitol, believing she would be able to see President Trump again.
She acknowledged to investigators that she entered the Capitol building and stayed for about 40 minutes.
A mob storming the U.S. Capitol that day disrupted the constitutional duty of counting Electoral College votes and prompted the evacuations of representatives, senators and Vice President Mike Pence. One woman was fatally shot while trying to climb into the chambers, three others died from “medical emergencies” and more than 100 police officers were injured.
Of the thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., that day, about 800 went into the Capitol, police have said.
Several more West Virginians were charged in that day’s events.
They include George Tanios, a Morgantown sandwich shop operator accused in the assault of three Capitol police officers with pepperspray; former state Delegate Derrick Evans of Wayne County, who resigned after being charged; former Parkersburg councilman Eric Barber; Jeffery Finley of Martinsburg, the leader of West Virginia’s chapter of the Proud Boy right-wing militant group, and college senior Courtright of Hurricane.