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COLLIER COUNTY | Naples Proud Boy wanted in Jan. 6 attacks arrested

Christopher Worrell was set to be sentenced in August
Christopher Worrell
Christopher Worrell
Posted at 8:24 PM, Sep 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-09-29 15:30:30-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Christopher Worrell, the Naples Proud Boy wanted in connection to the January 6 Capitol attacks, has been arrested at his home and is in custody.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) confirmed Thursday that Worrell was arrested at his Naples home by the FBI. According to a press release from the FBI's Tampa Field Office, Worrell was arrested after he tried to "covertly return" to his Naples Home.

Once FBI agents entered the home, Worrell was found unconscious on the floor.

He was transported to the hospital and later booked into the Collier County Jail.

The FBI says inside Worrell's home agents found night-vision goggles, $4,000 in cash, and survivalist gear.

Worrell had been missing since August. He disappeared the day before he was scheduled to be sentenced. Worrell was convicted in May 2023 for assaulting Capitol police with chemical spray. The Justice Department asked for 14 years in prison, which would be one of the longest January 6 sentences yet.

Deputies say the FBI contacted CCSO, telling them Worrell was at his home.

The Collier County resident was released from pre-trial detainment last year due to health concerns.

The Justice Department asked for 14 years in prison, which would be one of the longest January 6 sentences yet.

Worrell's defense had previously asked the judge for probation as Worrell is receiving cancer treatment.

Back in April, Worrell made a tearful plea to Collier County Commissioners.

“We now have to look to brave patriots, our elected officials, the Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to successfully fight back against the unlawful and unconstitutional overreach and the abuse of actions by our federal government,” said Worrell, who referred to himself as a political prisoner.

The Proud Boys is an all-male, far-right organization, that prosecutors say often uses violence to meet their political means.