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Jessica Watkins biography: 13 more things about Oath Keepers member from Woodstock, Ohio

Jessica Watkins (©Montgomery County Jail)

Jessica Watkins (©Montgomery County Jail)

Jessica Marie Watkins is a white transgender woman from Ohio, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She lives in Woodstock, Champaign County, Ohio. (a)
  2. In 2001, she graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Army. She completed airborne training before being deployed to Afghanistan. (a)
  3. From 2010 to 2014, she worked for the Stoney Point Fire Department in Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA. She started as a volunteer before becoming a full-time firefighter and emergency medical technician. (a)
  4. She met her longtime boyfriend Montana Siniff playing “Magic: The Gathering” in a card shop in Hilliard, Franklin County, Ohio. In 2018, they bought a bar in Woodstock and moved into the apartment upstairs. (a)
  5. She is a member of the Oath Keepers. She is also the commanding officer of the Ohio State Regular Militia, which she formed in 2019 after a string of tornadoes ripped through Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. In the same year, she and Siniff started running their newly purchased bar in Woodstock. (a) (b)
  6. In 2020, she renamed her bar in Woodstock as the Jolly Roger and regularly watched videos on Infowars, the far-right conspiracy-driven website run by Alex Jones, according to Siniff. In the same year, answering a nationwide call from Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, Ohio State Regular Militia members patrolled Louisville, Kentucky, USA amid protests over the police killing of Breonna Taylor(a)
  7. Days after Donald Trump lost to Joe Biden in November 2020, Siniff accompanied her as they answered a call from the Oath Keepers to go to Washington, D.C. to attend Trump’s Million MAGA March. She and Siniff stayed at the farm of Oath Keepers member Thomas Edward Caldwell in Virginia, USA. (a)
  8. On January 4, 2021, she left Ohio with Ohio State Regular Militia members. (b)
  9. Wearing goggles, a bulletproof vest and fatigues bearing Oath Keeper insignias, she went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021 with eight other Oath Keepers members including Donovan Crowl. That day, Trump’s supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. After the riot, she wrote on Parler, “Yeah. We stormed the Capitol today. Teargassed, the whole, 9. Pushed our way into the Rotunda. Made it into the Senate even. The news is lying (even Fox) about the Historical Events we created today.” (a) (c)
  10. She was 38 years old when she participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. About her role in the insurrection, she said, “I didn’t commit a crime. I didn’t destroy anything. I didn’t wreck anything. If they want to charge me, that’s fine but you’re welcome.” (a) (b)
  11. From January 14-17, 2021, she and Crowl stayed in Caldwell’s house in Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia. On January 16, 2021, federal prosecutors obtained an arrest warrant for her and Crowl. On January 17, 2021, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided the Jolly Roger but she was not there. The agents found in her house directions for making explosives authored by The Jolly Roger. On the same day, she and Crowl drove back from Virginia and turned themselves in to the police department in Urbana, Champaign County. They were booked into the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton, Montgomery County. (a) (c)
  12. An FBI special agent filed a criminal complaint against her, Crowl and Caldwell, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui on January 19, 2021. (c)
  13. She went to Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 not as an insurrectionist but as a medic, her lawyer said in a court filing on February 20, 2021. For his participation in the riot, she was charged with conspiracy, conspiracy to impede or injure officer, destruction of government property, obstruction of an official proceeding, restricted building or grounds and violent entry or disorderly conduct. (c) (d)


(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)


If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

6 replies »

  1. It would be helpful if you would be more accurate in your reporting- in the first place using the correct pronouns of he/him rather than the false she/her. His real name is less important. It would be interesting to see you cover his co- conspirators rejection of him upon learning the truth of his gender.

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  2. its all about deceiving the public. Thats why none of the sights allow comments anymore they dont want people to know real truth or debate.. they only want to brain wash the people who dont listen to or read the whole story and will not think for themselves. sad!!!!


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