Christopher Worrell, a member of the Proud Boys extremist group, disappeared just days before his scheduled sentencing for his role in the US Capitol riot. The FBI has initiated a search for Worrell, who was supposed to be sentenced for using pepper spray gel on police officers during the January 6, 2021, Capitol breach. Prosecutors were seeking a 14-year prison sentence for him.
Worrell, aged 52 and from Naples, Florida, had been under house arrest in Florida after his release from a Washington, DC, jail in November 2021. His sentencing was postponed and an arrest warrant was issued under seal on Tuesday, prompting the US attorney’s office for Washington, DC, to ask the public for any information on his whereabouts.
Worrell’s legal journey has been marked by issues. He suffered a broken wrist for four months due to a lack of approval for necessary surgery, leading to officials being held in contempt. His prior attempts to be released on medical grounds due to his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were rejected.
Proud Boy Involved in Capitol Riot Goes Missing Ahead of Sentencing, FBI Launches Search
The FBI’s ongoing investigation into the Capitol riot has resulted in charges against more than 1,000 individuals. In August 2023, former President Donald Trump was indicted as part of this investigation for his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
Worrell’s sudden disappearance casts a spotlight on the challenges and controversies surrounding the legal aftermath of the Capitol riot and the pursuit of justice for those involved.