Proud Boy leader who vanished ahead of Jan. 6 sentencing is found unconscious by agents at his home
Christopher Worrell, 52, of Naples, Florida, was taken to a hospital where he remained on Friday, according to the FBI’s Tampa office
Worrell – who was on house arrest – went missing shortly before his sentencing in Washington last month
He’d been convicted for assault, obstruction of Congress and other offenses
He was found unresponsive at his home by FBI agents who ‘immediately provided medical attention’
Agents found night-vision goggles, $4,000 in cash, and survivalist gear in his home
Proud Boy Christopher Worrell, [right], has been found unconscious by FBI agents at his Florida home. Following his conviction last month he was facing 14 years in jail for assault, obstruction of Congress and other offense. He was facing up to 14 years in prison following his convictions for assault, obstruction of Congress and other offense
A Proud Boy Jan. 6 rioter who vanished ahead of his sentencing last month has been found unconscious by FBI agents at his home.
52-year-old Christopher Worrell, of Naples, Florida, was taken to a hospital where he remained on Friday, according to the FBI’s Tampa office – Feds did not provide further details about his condition.
Worrell, who had been under house arrest, disappeared days before his sentencing in Washington last month.
Prosecutors had been seeking 14 years in prison for Worrell on convictions for assault, obstruction of Congress and other offenses.
The FBI said that agents quickly surrounded and entered Worrell’s home on Thursday after he returned, found the man unconscious and ‘immediately provided medical attention.’
Agents found night-vision goggles, $4,000 in cash, and survivalist gear in his home.
Worrell [right with arm up], was found guilty of pepper spraying cops during the Jan 6 Capitol riot has vanished before sentencing – prompting a manhunt by the FBI. He is seen in side profile in the brown jacket while holding his hand aloft
More than three dozen people charged in the Capitol siege have been identified by federal authorities as leaders, members or associates of the Proud Boys
Worrell man was released from jail in Washington in November 2021, less than a month after a judge substantiated his civil-rights complaints about his treatment in the jail.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth found Worrell´s medical care for a broken hand had been delayed, and held D.C. jail officials in contempt of court.
Worrell was convicted after a bench trial in May of assaulting officers with pepper spray gel as the mob of Donald Trump supporters attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Authorities say Worrell, dressed in tactical vest, bragged that he ‘deployed a whole can’ and shouted insults at officers, calling them ‘commies’ and ‘scum.’
Authorities say Worrell, dressed in tactical vest, bragged that he ‘deployed a whole can’ of pepper spray gel against, and shouted insults at officers, calling them ‘commies’ and ‘scum’
Prosecutors say Worrell then lied on the witness stand at trial, claiming that he was actually spraying other rioters.
The judge called that claim ‘preposterous,’ prosecutors said in court papers.
Worrell’s lawyer wrote in court papers that his client brought the spray gel and tactical vest to Washington for defensive purposes because of previous violence between Proud Boys and counter-protesters.
His lawyer wrote that the chaotic scene at the Capitol ‘could have contributed to misperceptions creating inaccuracies’ in Worrell’s testimony at trial.
The MAGA mob that breached the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 had refused to acknowledged that Donald Trump lost the November 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden
More than 1,100 people have been charged with federal crimes in the Jan. 6 riot. More than 650 have been sentenced, with approximately two-thirds receiving time behind bars.
About three dozen of these were identified by federal authorities as leaders leaders, members or associates of the Proud Boys, – described by the members as a politically incorrect men´s club for ‘Western chauvinists.’
Former Proud Boys national chairman Enrique Tarrio was sentenced earlier this month to 22 years in prison – the longest sentence that has been handed down in the Jan. 6 attack.
Tarrio and three Proud Boys associates were convicted of seditious conspiracy and other crimes for what prosecutors said was a plot to stop the transfer of power from Trump to Democrat Joe Biden.