Jan. 6 suspect makes tearful plea to Collier County Commissioners

Reporter: Lauren Leslie Writer: Matthew Seaver
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Christopher Worrell speaking to Collier County Commissioners. (Credit: Board of Collier County Commissioners)

A man accused of storming the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, stood in front of Collier County Commissioners and asked for their help.

Christopher Worrell is calling on them to act after he says his rights were denied. He is currently being monitored by GPS after he was released from federal custody.

Worrell was emotional, even tearful at times, as he told his story to county commissioners. But he’s charged federally, so what can county commissioners do?

Commissioner Rick LoCastro says it’s his job to point Worrell in the right direction.

Government at the federal, state and local level can be confusing.

Christopher Worrell, a Naples man, is facing federal charges for his involvement in the January 6th insurrection. He is asking for help, but he’s not reaching the right people.

“Good morning commissioners, I am Christopher Worrell, political prisoner 377183,” said Worrell as he addressed Collier County commissioners Tuesday.

Worrell was arrested two months after taking part in the events at the capitol in January.

“On March 12, 2021, federal agents raid… they raided my residence deployed flash-bang grenades, parked a SWAT tank at the front of my entrance to my door, and held my wife at gunpoint for hours and I wasn’t even home,” said Worrell.

Worrell said his arrest, and the arrests of others who were at the capitol were unlawful. He wants elected officials to investigate.

“Due to my blatant civil rights violations, I am now not just fighting for my rights and the rights of others. I’m fighting for my life,” said Worrell.

LoCastro says Worrell’s plea didn’t fall on deaf ears.

LoCastro applauded Worrell after he finished his statement to commissioners, something some are questioning.

LoCastro declined to do an interview on camera but said his applause was for Worrell’s citizen involvement at the meeting.

Worrell has been invited to commissioner LoCastro’s office. LoCastro says he wants to get more information to try and help point Worrell in the right direction.

The commissioner did not say if that meeting had been scheduled.

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