James Alex Fields Jr. has been identified as the driver of a vehicle that killed one protester and injured many more at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA.
The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash near a scheduled rally of white nationalists has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail.
Raw Story reports:
James Alex Fields, 20, of Ohio was booked on charges of murder, hit and run, malicious wounding and failure to stop for accident involving a death.
The Daily Beast reports Fields is a registered Republican.
The Washington Post reports on connecting the car involved in the attack with Fields, and his subsequent arrest:
The car is registered to 20-year-old James Alex Fields of Ohio, according to vehicle registration records reviewed by The Washington Post. Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent Martin Kumer told The Post that a man with the same name and age was booked Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit-and-run. Kumer said Fields is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Charlottesville General District Court.
Records show Fields last lived in Maumee, Ohio, about 15 miles southwest of Toledo.
Everipedia reports the suspect served a brief time in the U.S. Army:
White nationalists, also known as the alt-right, are a deplorable collection of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, white supremacists and other undesirables that love Donald Trump and promote white supremacy.
From August 18th to December 11th, 2015, James was listed as an Active Duty Service Member in the United States Army.
The white nationalist collection of deplorables staged a violent riot at a “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia earlier today. As a result, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Saturday morning after the white nationalists attacked counter-protesters at the rally.
The “Unite the Right” rally began as a protest of plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. However, the planned protest and rally quickly degenerated into a violent riot after torch-wielding white nationalists and white supremacists marched through Charlottesville chanting “unite the right” and “white lives matter” Friday night, setting the stage for Saturday’s violent riot.
One person died and 19 were injured Saturday when James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters gathered to oppose a “Unite the Right.”
James Alex Fields Jr. is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in the Charlottesville General District Court.