January 6th riot suspect asks Collier commission for help despite lack of jurisdiction

Reporter: Jennifer Morejon Writer: Paul Dolan
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Christopher Worrell speaking to Collier County Commissioners. (Credit: Board of Collier County Commissioners)

Christopher Worrell from East Naples is facing charges in the January 6th attack on The Capitol. He was caught on camera wearing a tactical vest and carrying pepper spray at the capitol riot.

There was no advance warning when Christopher Worrell stood up to speak to Collier County commissioners Tuesday. He did so during public comment. “I am Christopher Worrell political prisoner 377183,” Worrell said.

Worrell claims his arrest was unlawful and now he’s seeking help from county leaders. They all listened one even offered some support, but the reality is Collier County commissioners can do nothing about a federal case. “I am now not just fighting for my rights and the rights of others I’m fighting for my life,” Worrell said. Worrell claims he didn’t get the promised medical care he needs and now his cancer has advanced to stage three.

The conditions of Worrell’s release are strict, including this provision that says he cannot comment publicly on his case without prior approval of the court. His lawyer then said in a statement “There are no known prohibitions against Mr. Worrell seeking an audience with his publicly elected officials.”

Commissioner Rick LoCastro briefly applauded Worrell after his statement. He told us he offered to help Worrell like he would any community member.

“I do know I can point him in the right direction and I don’t think I would be doing my job as a commissioner if I didn’t at least assist with that.” Commissioner LoCastro said.

We were told by LoCastro that Worrell and his lawyer have not reached out but are welcome to.

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