A fugitive associated with the Proud Boys has been detained ahead of sentencing on January 6
A Proud Boys member, Christopher Worrell, who vanished just before his scheduled sentencing for involvement in the January 6 riot, has been apprehended by the FBI, according to a spokesperson for the Collier County Sheriff's Office in Florida.
Worrell, hailing from Naples, disappeared in August after being convicted of several felonies related to the Capitol attack. The 52-year-old Proud Boys affiliate, accused of using pepper spray on police during the invasion, was found guilty in May 2023 of various charges, including assaulting officers, obstructing an official proceeding of Congress, and engaging in disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon.
Reports indicate that during the riot, Worrell, alongside fellow Proud Boys, marched from the Washington Monument to the Capitol, carrying pepper gel. Court documents reveal his aggressive behavior, including verbally assaulting overwhelmed officers and seizing an opportunity to pepper-spray the police line.
Before going on the run, Worrell had been under house arrest and complained about his treatment at a Washington, DC, jail. Prosecutors had sought a 14-year prison sentence for him.
This arrest comes amid ongoing legal actions related to the January 6 attack, with former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and three others found guilty of treason-related charges. Additionally, ten individuals, including the leader of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, have faced convictions or pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy charges.
The Proud Boys, originally founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, have garnered notoriety for their violent presence at public rallies and their misogynistic, racist ideology. Over 1,000 individuals have been charged in connection with the January 6 attack, reflecting the extensive legal fallout from the incident.