More arrests have been made in connection to the January 6, Capitol Hill riots. FBI agents arrested Christopher Worrell, of East Naples, Friday morning. Government documents leading to his arrest linked him to violence at the U.S. Capitol and claim he is a member of the far-right group, the Proud Boys.
Worrell, 49, was arrested after FBI agents executed a search and arrest warrant by 6 a.m. in the 200 block of Stanhope Circle, according to the FBI.
In a statement of facts filed in court by an unidentified FBI officer who is assigned to the Fort Myers Resident Agency of the Tampa Field Office, the officer outlines his probable cause to charge Worrell in a Jan. 6 incident in Washington, D.C.
Here’s what we know:
Christopher Worrell, 49, was arrested early Friday morning in the 200 block of Stanhope Circle in East Naples after FBI agents executed a search and arrest warrant. According to county records, the home is owned by Trish Priller, an executive assistant at the Naples Daily News. Worrell’s Facebook page says he and Priller are in a relationship.
Agents from the FBI and deputies from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office were at the house collecting evidence following the arrest. Boxes of electronic equipment were also removed from the property.
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A statement of facts filed in court by an FBI officer working out of the Fort Myers Resident Agency of the Tampa Field Office outlines the probable cause to charge Worrell in the January 6 incident. According to the unidentified officer, Worrell violated multiple laws, including:
- entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority
- knowingly and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business
- knowingly engaged in any act of physical violence against a person or property in any restricted building or grounds
- used or carried a deadly or dangerous weapon in relation to his violations
- willfully and knowingly uttered loud, threatening or abusive language, or engaged in disorderly conduct at any place in the grounds or in any Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt or disturb the session of Congress or either House of Congress
Who tipped off authorities
On Jan. 13, a tipster contacted the FBI to report that they believed Worrell traveled to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and potentially participated in the riot. The details are included in the FBI statement of facts a federal magistrate signed March 10.
The tipster said they are an acquaintance of Worrell’s live-in girlfriend.
The tipster also told the FBI that they had seen a video on Worrell’s Facebook page that showed him participating in the riots.
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Possible ‘Proud Boys’ affiliation and involvement in the Capitol riots
The tipster said Worrell’s girlfriend told them that Worrell is a Proud Boy and that the couple went to Washington, D.C., to be there on Jan. 6, according to the statement of facts.
On Jan. 18, the officer interviewed Worrell and asked if he had participated in the U.S. Capitol riots. The report indicated he was agitated that the FBI was at his house, but eventually admitted that he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6. He denied entering the Capitol building and denied criminal conduct on his part.
He also was agitated when asked about the Proud Boys, stating, “the Proud Boys were not a racist white supremacist group like the media tries to portray.”
Worrell was also identified in multiple images and videos showing the events of Jan. 6, and placing him within the restricted area.
In those images it shows Worrell with a canister clipped to his vest that appears to match paper spray gel and is later seen in a photo spraying a substance from a canister.
Prior arrest record
In 2009, Worrell was arrested for impersonating an officer after he followed and pulled up to a woman on U.S. 41 East and Guilford Road in East Naples trying to get her to pull over for running a red light, according to his arrest report.
He had a loaded handgun, handcuffs, knives, boxes of ammunition and a fake badge in his possession when deputies arrested him.
In May 2010, Worrell was sentenced to three years probation and two years of community control for impersonating a law enforcement officer.