Ohio Man, 20, Arrested in Car Attack — WashPost

14 August, 2017, 01:47 | Author: Rita Burton
  • 3 dead, 35 injured after 'Unite the Right' rally sparks violence in Charlottesville

Albemarle Regional jail have confirmed that the driver of the suspect vehicle has been identified as 20-year old James Alex Fields, Jr. from Maumee, Ohio.

The Guardian reported that James A. Fields of OH is charged with murder, malicious wounding and failing to stop at a deadly accident.

He says a bond hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Tech reporter for The Hill Taylor Lorenz reports that police believe the suspect didn't intentionally mow down protesters out of malice intent.

On Friday night hundreds marched through the University of Virginia campus holding torches in a scene reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan gatherings that haunted America's civil rights movement.

A helicopter crash that killed the pilot and a passenger later in the afternoon outside Charlottesville also was linked to the rally by State Police, though officials did not elaborate on how the crash was connected. Witnesses said the driver intentionally plowed through the crowd at a speed of close to 40 miles per hour.

Police said the helicopter was helping law enforcement officers monitor the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

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The auto attack occurred around 1pm, soon after a state of emergency was declared in the city for the clashes between participants in the march and those opposed to it.

Former Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke attended the rally as well as other prominent white nationalist leaders.

"Our message is plain and simple: Go home".

The photo above, which was taken and posted to Twitter by Zach D. Roberts, a writer and photographer with Nation of Change, captures the violence that occurred during Saturday's "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally.

Police declared the outbreak of violence represented an unlawful assembly and told the crowds to disperse.

Fields last voted in November, according to public records.

The city has become ground zero for white nationalist and other protesters, who faces larger counter-rallies in the past.

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