North Carolina security guard suspended after charges in connection to Capitol riot

A Thomasville woman registered as a security guard for Novant Health is suspended from working as an armed guard after she was charged in connection with the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

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- There was no answer at Laura Steele's Thomasville home Monday. Her attorney did not respond to phone calls or emails. Prosecutors say these photos show Steele in the crowd as rioters stormed the Capitol January 6th. Court documents allege Steele traveled to DC with her brother from Florida. Both are said to be part of the Oath Keepers, a large and loosely organized militia. The group's focus is recruiting former military and law enforcement officers. Prosecutors say these photos show members of the Oath Keepers moving through the crowd in a stack with hands on each other's backs to get inside the capital, many of them dressed in paramilitary gear.

High Point Police confirmed Steele was a member of the Department from March 1992 to August 2004. Court documents show she submitted an application to the Oath Keepers highlighting her duties as a former K9 officer and SWAT team member. Her husband, Assistant Chief Ken Steele retired from the High Point Police Department January 1st of this year. A spokesperson for the Department says the couple's son also works for High Point Police.