Tri-State nurse who was fired for attending the Capitol protests has been arrested in connection with the Capitol Breach

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Eyewitness News has reached out to Lori Vinson for comment, but have not heard back so far.

OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) Lori Vinson and her husband Thomas Vinson have been arrested on federal charges in Owensboro Tuesday on charges in connection with the Capitol Breach, according to the FBI Louisville office. We talked to Lori last month about her trip. She told us she was fired from her job at Ascension St. Vincent in Evansville for going to D.C.

Their charges include: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings. The FBI has a list of people who have been arrested in connection with the Capitol riots.

These images were obtained from the federal complaint.

When we talked to her last month, Vinson said she didn’t act violently, nor did she see anything too violent. She also said the FBI talked with her and told her she wouldn’t be hearing from them again.

Eyewitness News reached out to Ascension St. Vincent in January for comment but was told comments cannot be made on specific employee matters. Vinson said she has made an appeal to the hospital to reconsider her termination and is waiting to hear back.

Both Vinsons were released from federal custody Tuesday after their initial hearing on an unsecured $25,000 bond.

According to the compliant, Lori Vinson told the FBI she did not know that Congress was in session at the time and did not expect to be allowed entry into the Capitol if Congress was in session. She also told the FBI that could not hear the alarms going off in the building during her initial entry due to crowd noise, but noticed it after reviewing video.

Neighbors were surprised hear about the arrests.

“I mean I’ve known Tommy for years and known her for years and it shocked me I guess to drive all that way to do that. What did it accomplish?” said Pamala Powell

(This story was originally published on February 23, 2021)

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