James Alex Fields, Jr. : 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
James Alex Fields was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, and the car that rammed into the Charlottesville rally was registered to a man by the same name. One person, a 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street, died at the scene. At least 19 people were injured from the crash, some seriously.
The suspect is in jail, with an arraignment scheduled for Monday. He is being held without bond.
1. James Alex Fields, Jr. Was Booked on Suspicion of Second-Degree Murder and Other Charges
James Alex Fields, Jr. was booked and charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit-and-run, Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent Martin Kumer told The Washington Post. Fields is 20 years old.
Police have not yet officially announced if they believe he was the one driving the car that hit the protesters in Charlottesville.
2. Fields Registered as a Republican in Ohio in 2016
The Daily Beast reported that Fields was a registered Republican, according to public records. He was registered to vote in Lucas County, Ohio and made his registration on January 23, 2016. He had been cited for expired license plates in May 2017.
3. The Charlottesville Police Chief Said the Crash Was ‘Premeditated’
A Facebook photo allegedly belonging to James Fields, Jr. is being widely circulated. The Facebook account has since been taken down:
Witnesses referred to the crash as a “deliberate act of terrorism.” Others said the car appeared to deliberately mow down pedestrians.
Taylor Lorenz, a reporter for The Hill, said that every witness she interviewed at the police station believed the act was deliberate. She spoke with two officers who said it might not have been intentional, but she later clarified that those officer hadn’t been on the scene.
Taylor had taken a video of the crash, but her stream was cut off when someone punched her in the face, she said:
The video cuts off at the end b/c some asshole came over and punched me in the face and kicked my phone for recording (I said I was press)
4. Some Officials Are Urging the Case Be Investigated as Domestic Terrorism
Some officials and politicians are urging that the case be investigated as an act of domestic terrorism. Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted this evening that the Department of Justice should “immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.”
5. Some Victims Were Injured Seriously
Reports varied on how many people were hurt, with early reports estimating four to six. Authorities said the injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening. Later, a hospital official confirmed that one person had died and 19 were injured. Now that number is up to 34, with 19 injured in the crash and 15 in the rally. An additional two people died in a helicopter crash connected to the events.