Police have arrested a suspect who is believed to be the driver of the car that crashed into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday. The attack killed one person and at least 19 others were injured.
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) August 12, 2017
Sources have identified the suspect as James Alex Fields, Jr., 20, of Ohio, which was confirmed by police, The Washington Post said. His arrest was caught on Snapchat earlier Saturday, and he is being held for potential murder charges.
Report from @washingtonpost identifies 20 year old James Alex Fields of Ohio as driver. Booked on murder charges, no bail.
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) August 12, 2017
Here’s what we know about the suspect so far.
He’s from Northern Ohio
Field’s last known residence is Maumee, OH, which is 15 miles southwest of Toledo, OH.
He was in the military
Fields is listed as having been an active duty service member in the U.S. military from August 18 to December 11, 2015.
He’s a Republican
Fields, born April 26, 1997, is registered to vote as a Republican in Lucas County, OH, and registered in January of 2016.
It was his car
Fields’ motor vehicle registration revealed that the car used in the attack, a silver 2010 Dodge Challenger, is his.
He’s being held without bail
Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent Martin Kumer confirmed Fields was being held without bail on suspicion of committing second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death and hit and run. Fields’ attack injured at least 19 individuals and killed one 32-year old woman, whose death is being investigated as a homicide, law enforcement said.
Fields was believed to have been attending the far-right “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, which was held to protest the removal of a statue featuring Confederate General Robert E. Lee by officials. The event kicked off with a Friday night march by fascists holding torches through the University of Virginia and reached a climax in the streets of Charlottesville on Saturday which drew thousands.