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Canadian Realtor Told To ‘Enjoy Prison’ As She’s Mistaken For Capitol Rioter

Samantha Beattie
·2-min read
Canadian Jenna Ryan, left, wants the world to know she is not the same person as Jenna Ryan from Texas, as pictured in front of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2020.
Canadian Jenna Ryan, left, wants the world to know she is not the same person as Jenna Ryan from Texas, as pictured in front of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2020.

A Canadian real estate agent has received almost a thousand harassing calls, emails and messages from angry Americans mistaking her for a woman who stormed the U.S. Capitol and happens to share her name, occupation and even hair colour.

Jenna Ryan in Sudbury, Ont. wants the world to know she is not the same Jenna Ryan from Texas whose Twitter profile brags that she took a private jet to Washington, D.C. to “march” for U.S. President Donald Trump, and was subsequently arrested by the FBI for her involvement in the insurrection.

“From the day that Texas Jenna Ryan was identified at the Capitol, I’ve been receiving numerous comments from my social media platforms, along with negative Google reviews and angry voicemails and texts,” the Canadian Ryan told HuffPost Canada through Facebook messenger.

“Things seemed to have quieted down last week, until Texas Jenna Ryan was arrested. We are back to non-stop harsh comments and phone calls, mostly people telling me to enjoy prison.”

Jenna Ryan, centre, assistant Lise, left, and team member Sydney in Sudbury, Ont., have been trying to correct all the people who think she's the same Jenna Ryan who rioted in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Jenna Ryan, centre, assistant Lise, left, and team member Sydney in Sudbury, Ont., have been trying to correct all the people who think she's the same Jenna Ryan who rioted in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Some people mistook the Canadian Ryan’s Instagram account for that of “Texas Jenna Ryan,” calling her names and commenting with profanities.

One Facebook user wrote on her business page: “You belong in jail.” Another said, apparently after realizing he had the wrong person, “Damn I thought you were the terrorist.”

The Texan Ryan is facing intense backlash for documenting her participation in the insurrection on social media. However, her many photos and videos — in at least one instance she said her full name and job title — led authorities right to her.

Her posts show her boarding a private jet bound for Washington, D.C. with captions indicating she was going to participate in the attack of the Capitol, according to a criminal complaint filed by investigators on Jan. 15, the day she was arrested.

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