Video of Naples man arrested in Jan. 6 Capitol attack played at Congressional hearing
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A Collier County man facing charges in the January 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol was featured prominently in “previously unseen material” aired during last week's first nationally televised Congressional committee hearing on the attacks.
Christopher Worrell, of East Naples and a member of the Proud Boys, is accused of attacking police officers with pepper spray gel during the Jan. 6 siege.
FBI agents executed a search and arrest warrant at his Collier County home and took him into custody in March 2021.
A video aired during the June 9 hearing, one of a number that have been aired, showed Worrell and others accused of storming the building, attacking police officers, breaking building windows and wreaking other damage at the Capitol.
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Other videos aired showed several views of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot and videoed interviews, including former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, former President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, and General Mark A. Milley, the 20th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Worrell's segment in the first 60 seconds of the House committee's 11-minute-and-18-second video ran about 10 to 12 seconds.
In the segment Worrell can be heard saying, "We are on your side," "Don't make us go against you," and "These are our streets."
The clip was part of what was described as "previously unseen material" by the House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Chairman, according to Bennie G. Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat.
Worrell's Tampa-based attorney, Alex Stavrou, said the video was edited solely to portray his client and others in a “false light.”
"The video showing Mr. Worrell is an untruth and incomplete edit purposely done for the purposes of spreading misstatements and falsehoods and trying to control public opinion about Mr. Worrell and others who were at January 6 so as to portray them in a false light," Stavrou said.
He did not elaborate.
Several representatives for the House committee including Thompson and Committee vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, could not be reached for comment.
Worrell, who has been on restricted release from jail since November, is expected to return to federal court Friday.
"The Government has filed a (revised) indictment against him which will be arraigned on Friday," Stavrou said. "He has not been charged with sedition, nor is there any expectation he will."
A revised or superseding indictment can include different charges, new charges, or add defendants, replacing the original indictment.
He has pleaded not guilty to all the original charges.
Several new violations were added to the existing ones in a 15-count revised indictment from a grand jury sworn in Feb. 14 and filed June 1. He will be arraigned on the revised indictment Friday morning in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Added were obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds and assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers.
Charges in the original indictment included civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, act of physical violence in the capitol building or grounds, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon.
The indictment also added the name of Daniel Scott of Bradenton as a defendant.
In April, Worrell made a tearful plea to Collier County commissioners at a regular meeting, calling himself a "political prisoner" whose civil rights have been violated when he was charged for his role in the incident.
The appearance was the first comment he had made in public after his release from federal custody to home detention late last year, citing medical conditions and the need for specialized treatment. It was not clear whether he was authorized to speak at the meeting, due to some of the restrictions placed on him for release.
Stavrou issued a statement after the hearing: "Mr. Worrell was granted fair conditions of release by the Court. Conditions which include allowing essential medical care, and Mr. Worrell will be involved in such medical care for the near distant future. There are no known prohibitions against Mr. Worrell seeking an audience with his publicly elected officials.
At the time of that appearance, his girlfriend and court-approved custodian Trish Priller, who used to work for the Naples Daily News, said Worrell is under a curfew and is allowed to leave the house.
“Nothing says he can’t talk to people,” she said. “He just can’t speak to the media.”