Proud Boys Member Accused of Pepper-Spraying Police at Capitol Riot Charged

A member of the Proud Boys who is alleged to have pepper-sprayed police officers during the January 6 attack on the Capitol has been charged.

Christopher Worrell, 49, of Collier County, Florida, is accused of engaging in violence on restricted grounds, knowingly entering restricted grounds, disorderly conduct on restricted grounds, violent entry onto Capitol grounds, and obstructing Congressional proceedings after allegedly joining up with fellow members of the far-right group in Washington D.C.

According to the FBI, Worrell attended the D.C. rally that day dressed in military style gear and armed with pepper spray, which he allegedly used against a line of police officers standing on the steps of the Capitol building.

Worrell was identified in a number of photographs on the day of the attack, including one in which he is at the back of a large group of Proud Boys, with leading member Joe Biggs seen at the front.

Worrell was pictured on the steps of the Capitol during the storming of the building, as well as using his pepper spray at an unseen target off-camera.

"I do not currently know with certainty the target at which Worrell was spraying. However, in other photographs and videos from that time of day, law enforcement officers are positioned where Worrell appears to be spraying pepper spray," Alexander Grandy, a Task Force Officer assigned to the FBI, said in a statement of facts.

The FBI said Worrell also appears to be present in the same location and at the same time that officers were hit with pepper spray on January 6.

"Based on these photographs placing Worell at a time when law enforcement officers appear to have been located in the direction where he was spraying, and the fact that rioters sprayed pepper spray at law enforcement officers on numerous occasions at this general location in the minutes surrounding this time, I believe the likely intended target of Worrell's pepper spray assault was the line of law enforcement officers present in these photograph," Grandy added.

The FBI said they received a tip-off from an acquaintance of Worrell's girlfriend, who revealed that the pair were planning on traveling to D.C. on January 6. The tipster also said Worrell posted videos onto his Facebook showing that he participated in the riots that day.

On January 18, FBI agents interviewed Worrell at his home. According to the statement of facts, the suspect was "extremely agitated and upset" that the FBI was at his house.

He eventually admitted that he was at the Capitol on January 6, but denied storming into the building and any other criminal conduct on his part.

The FBI said Worrell also appeared agitated when asked about the Proud Boys, stating they are "not a racist white supremacist group like the media tries to portray."

According to Naples Daily News, Worrell was arrested for impersonating an officer after pulling over a woman in 2009.

Worrell was sentenced to three years probation and two years of community control for the crime in May 2010.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office has been contacted for comment.

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Christopher Worrell is accused of pepper-spraying police officers during the January 6 attack at the Capitol. FBI