Laura Steele biography: 13 things about Oath Keepers member from Thomasville, North Carolina

Laura Steele, Graydon Young (©US Department of Justice)

Laura Steele, Graydon Young (©US Department of Justice)

Laura Lee Steele is a white woman from North Carolina, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She lives in Thomasville,  Davidson County, North Carolina. (a)
  2. She is a former police officer in High Point, North Carolina. She served as a K-9 officer and a SWAT team member. She is married to Kenneth Steele, who has been assistant police chief for the High Point Police Department. (a) (b)
  3. In 1994, she was involved in a car chase that resulted in her patrol car being totaled while on duty as a High Point Police Department officer. (b)
  4. In 2001, she pepper-sprayed students in two incidents while working as a school-resource officer for the High Point Police Department. She was investigated and cleared in both incidents. (b)
  5. She obtained her private protective services (PPS) license through the North Carolina Private Protective Services. She works as a public safety officer for Novant Health, which is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (a)
  6. She is allegedly affiliated with the Oath Keepers. Her brother Graydon Young of Englewood, Florida, USA is a member of the Florida chapter of the right-wing militia. On January 3, 2021, he sent an email to the chapter. She attached a membership application and wrote, “My brother, Graydon Young told me to submit my application to this route to expedite the process.” (a)
  7. On January 4, 2021, Young received an email from the Oath Keepers, which contained details about its members deploying to Washington, D.C., USA from January 5-6, 2021. On the same day, he forwarded the message to her. (a)
  8. On January 5, 2021, she and Young travelled from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., USA with several other individuals. (a)
  9. Wearing a black boonie cap, a black long-sleeved shirt and a blonde ponytail, she went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021 with Young and other members of the Oath Keepers including couple Kelly Meggs and Connie Meggs. That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Bidens victory in the 2020 presidential election. (a)
  10. She was 52 years old when she participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. For her participation in the riot, she was charged with one count of conspiring to commit an offense against the U.S., that is to corruptly obstruct, influence or impede an official proceeding, one count of depredation against federal government property and unlawful entry, disorderly conduct, or violent conduct in restricted buildings or grounds. (a) (c)
  11. A 2012 Chrysler Town and County was towed from Florida to her home address in Thomasville where the vehicle is registered. (a)
  12. A Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint against her, Young, Kelly and Connie, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather on February 11, 2021. (a)
  13. On February 17, 2021, she was arrested in Greensboro, North Carolina. (c)


(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.

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