A picture of Christopher Worrell released by the FBI.
Authorities say a Proud Boy found guilty for his role in the Capitol riot has disappeared.
Worrell was on house arrest since a judge ruled that his rights were violated in prison.
Over 1,000 people have been charged in connection to the Capitol riot.
Authorities are searching for a Proud Boys extremist group member who disappeared days before his sentencing in a US Capitol riot case, in which prosecutors are seeking more than a decade in prison, according to a warrant made public Friday.
Christopher Worrell, 52, of Naples, Florida, was supposed to be sentenced Friday after being found guilty of spraying pepper spray gel on police officers while part of the mob storming the Capitol as Congress was certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory on January 6, 2021.
Prosecutors asked a judge to sentence him to 14 years.
According to court records, the sentencing was canceled, and a bench warrant for his arrest was issued under seal on Tuesday. The US attorney’s office for Washington, DC, encouraged the public to share any information about his whereabouts.
Worrell, charged in March 2021, had been on house arrest in Florida since his release from a Washington, DC, jail in November 2021, less than a month after a judge agreed that his civil rights were being violated while in custody.
Worrell was left with a broken wrist for four months after DC Department of Corrections officials did not transfer critical documents to approve his surgery. The officials were later held in contempt.
Before this, Worrell also applied twice to be freed on medical grounds, arguing that he was “rapidly deteriorating” in jail due to his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The attempts had been rejected.
His attorney, William Shipley, declined to comment. Phone numbers listed for Worrell and the woman named as his custodian during his house arrest were not functional.
At least 1,003 people have been charged in connection to the Capitol insurrection as of February 2023, according to an Insider database, as part of the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Capitol riot.
The investigation has reached the top after the DOJ charged former President Donald Trump over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election on August 1. The indictment is one of two examining whether or not the former president played a role in trying to subvert the law to instate himself as president.