Following the death of at least one person and injuries sustained by dozens, the man believed to have driven a car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia has been arrested by local police.
According to the Washington Post, the suspect in question is James Alex Fields Jr., the man to whom the vehicle is registered. Just 20 years old, Fields' arrest was confirmed by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent, Martin Kumer, and Fields is facing an extensive list of charges. He was reportedly booked by police for, "suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run."
Fields, a registered Republican hailing from Maumee, Ohio, is believed to be the man behind the wheel of the Dodge Challenger that careened into a crowd of protesters in Virginia on Saturday. Video of the incident shows the despicable act in full detail, with the car sending bodies flying before crashing into other cars on the narrow street.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who declared a state of emergency to prepare for the escalating violence between protesters and counter-protesters over the weekend, spoke forcefully following the outburst of violence in his state. He was clear in placing the blame on the shoulders of white supremacists, who he insisted were not welcome in Virginia.
"You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot," said McAuliffe. "You came here today to hurt people, and you did hurt people. My message is clear: We are stronger than you. You have made our commonwealth stronger. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here. There is no place for you in America."
While McAuliffe was unequivocal in his condemnation of white supremacists, President Donald Trump was decidedly softer in his response to the tragedy, refusing to target any specific group in the aftermath of the incident.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms," said Trump, "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides."
Trump's statement on the incident was roundly criticized, especially after his response to the matter was delayed until Saturday afternoon, half a day after the initial rallies at Charlottesville were taking shape.
If you saw Trump's statement from Bedminster, it seems "on many sides" was an ad-lib and not in his original remarks. That makes it *worse*.— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) August 13, 2017
Trump got the 3am call.— Oliver Willis (@owillis) August 13, 2017
Then sided with the terrorists.
Why can't Trump say White Supremacist Terrorism?— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) August 13, 2017
obviously trump won't denounce white supremacists because he... is one lol— janice (@thejanicexxx) August 13, 2017
Fields is currently being held without bail.