Union Co. couple released on bond after being arrested in connection to Capitol riot

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Updated: Feb. 24, 2021 at 9:10 AM CST
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UNION CO., Ky. (WFIE) - According to the FBI, the Union County woman that 14 News interviewed after the Capitol riots, along with her husband, have been arrested.

FBI officials say Lori Ann Vinson and Thomas Roy Vinson were arrested in connection to the violence that happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

14 News obtained the criminal complaint against the couple. In the complaint, federal agents say they received tips about the couple. One of those tips included a conversation one tipster had with Lori about Lori being at the capitol on the day of the riot.

The complaint also cited a 14 News article about Lori and her involvement.

“I felt like I have done nothing wrong and I wouldn’t change it,” Vinson told 14 News on Jan. 14. That direct quote was also used in the criminal complaint.

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FBI agents wrote in the complaint they interviewed the couple days after the riot. The complaint wrote Lori was interviewed again by agents on Jan. 15.

In the second interview, agents wrote in the complaint Lori claimed she knew there was something going on related to the certification of the electoral votes on Jan. 6. She further told agents she didn’t know that congress was in session at the time and “claimed that she expected that no Congressional officials would be in the building because they certainly would not have been allowed entry if they were in session,” the complaint writes.

14 News spoke with Lori Vinson shortly after the FBI tweeted out the arrest information. She said they had not been arrested, and it was the first she had heard of it.

We clarified with the FBI. They confirmed the Vinson’s were in federal custody and were in court Tuesday afternoon.

An official told us they must have still had their phones at the time of our conversation.

On Wednesday, federal court officials told us the Vinson’s have been released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. They say they are to appear in federal court in D.C. on March 16 by video.

[Click here for the full criminal complaint]

Lori and Thomas Vinson
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FBI: Union Co. couple arrested in connection to Capitol riot

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