Charlottesville Suspect Driver Booked on Suspicion of Murder

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

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.

Fields is a resident of Ohio. He's been booked on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.

White supremacists had targeted Charlottesville because the town had taken down a statue of Robert E. Lee, the New York Times reported.

After violence caused authorities to stop a white nationalist rally before it began Saturday, a driver plowed his auto into a crowd of protesters.

Saturday's arrest comes on the heels of hundreds of white supremacists swarming Charlottesville during the "Unite the Right" march, carrying Polynesian tiki torches and shedding white tears.

State police and the Virginia National Guard moved in on the park after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency.

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Expand Collapse The Dodge Challenger with Ohio license plates barrels toward the crowd in Charlottesville Saturday

One person has died and 34 more were injured after a vehicle plowed through a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Watch video below of the auto attack. Check Fauquier.com and our Facebook page for updates.

The investigation was announced late Saturday by officials of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia and the Richmond field office of the FBI.

"Law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, and it is my hope that any individuals responsible for criminal acts are held accountable", she said in a statement.

A auto certificate leaked to the media shows that James Alex Fields, Jr. has been owner of the vehicle since March 2016.

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