The FBI has announced the capture of Christopher Worrell, a member of the far-right group Proud Boys, who had disappeared just three days before his scheduled sentencing for his involvement in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Worrell, 52, was apprehended late Thursday and is currently in custody. The arrest comes after a month-long manhunt for the Proud Boy.
Worrell, who was on house arrest in Florida, had a federal arrest warrant issued against him on August 15, three days before his sentencing. He was found guilty in May of seven charges related to his participation in the Capitol riot, including obstruction of an official proceeding and engaging in violence on Capitol grounds. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, along with potential financial penalties. Prosecutors have requested a 14-year sentence for Worrell, and he may face additional punishment for his disappearance.
This arrest adds to the growing number of Proud Boys charged for their involvement in the Capitol attack. According to the Justice Department, more than 36 members of the group have been charged so far. Former Proud Boys chair Enrique Tarrio was recently sentenced to 22 years in prison, the longest sentence handed out to any individual involved in the attack.
Christopher Worrell was initially arrested in March 2021 and was later released to be held under house arrest pending his sentencing. He was charged with assaulting officers with pepper spray during the Capitol riot and was captured in multiple photos at the scene. Worrell’s attorneys claimed he was spraying other rioters, but the judge dismissed this claim, stating that it was “preposterous” and that Worrell’s testimony was undermined by contradictions and false statements. A photojournalist reportedly witnessed Worrell spraying towards Capitol police, and Worrell allegedly bragged about using a whole can of pepper spray.