Multiple news outlets are reporting that the suspect being held in the deadly attack on counter protestors at the “Unite The Right” rally today is James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio. Fields drove his Dodge Charger into a crowd of counter protestors, hitting another car. He then backed through the gathered crowd, killing a 32 year old woman.
Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail said Fields is in custody. He is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.
James Alex Fields Jr the alleged terrorist in Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/5eAOBzHqQD
— Jeremy (@WernerTech) August 13, 2017
This tweet is believed to be Fields’ arrest beside his gray 2010 Dodge Challenger.
In addition to the one fatality, 19 others were injured. Their conditions are not yet know.
Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said his officers made the arrest close to the site of the initial crash. “What the world saw today is not the place Charlottesville is,” Thomas said. “We love our city. Let us heal. This is not our story. Outsiders do not tell our story. We will tell our own story.”
— Grasswire (@Grasswire) August 12, 2017
“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will — go home,” Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer wrote on Twitter.
Charlottesville police chief says violence was "premeditated," suspect is in custody https://t.co/rtTBkVpHdc
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 12, 2017
This story is still developing. At the time of writing, the Charlottesville police are characterizing this as a premeditated crime. That may change the charges he’s facing.
We’ll bring you more as it becomes available.
As we noted earlier, one person has died. 5 patients are in critical condition, 4 in serious cond., 6 in fair, and 4 in good condition
— UVA Health System (@uvahealthnews) August 12, 2017