FBI arrests Proud Boys member who disappeared amid January 6 sentencing

September 29, 2023

The FBI Thursday evening confirmed the arrest of Christopher Worrell, a member of the extremist Proud Boys group who’d disappeared while on trial for the deadly January 6, 2021 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.  

“The FBI arrested him and the Collier County Sheriff’s Office assisted,” an Bureau spokesperson said in a statement. Collier County is in Naples, Florida.

The 52-year-old Floridian had gone missing in August just as he was set to be sentenced for several felonies. He was indicted two days after the insurrection on six criminal counts.

Worrell, a self-identified member of right-wing extremist group the Proud Boys, pepper sprayed police during the attack on the Capitol, according to court documents.

In May, he was found guilty of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon, obstruction of an official proceeding of Congress, civil disorder and other charges.

On September 2, former Proud Boys chair Enrique Tarrio was sentenced to 22 years in prison—the longest punishment imposed on anyone convicted in the January 6 insurrection.

Along with fellow former Proud Boys Joe Biggs, Ethan Nordean and Zachary Rehl, 39-year-old Tarrio was convicted of seditious conspiracy in May after a months-long trial began in January.  The other members of the extremist group have received sentences ranging from 10 to 18 years in prison. 

At least 1,125 people have been charged related to the deadly January 6 assault. A reported more than 500 of them have been sentenced.

Four people died during the insurrection, and five police officers died of various causes following the attack.

PHOTO: Christopher Worrell on January 6

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