The man accused of ramming his car into a crowd of protestors at a white nationalist rally in Virginia has been identified as a 20-year-old James Alex Fields, Jr., of Maumee, Ohio.
Fields was charged with second degree murder and police said they are treating the investigation into the death of a 32-year-old pedestrian as a homicide. Maumee is a suburb of Toledo, about 70 miles southwest of Detroit.
Fields told his mother, Samantha Bloom, that he was planning to attend an alt-right rally, according to The Blade of Toledo.
“I try to stay out of his political views. I don’t get too involved,” she said.
“I told him to be careful … if they are going to rally, to make sure he is doing it peacefully,” she said.
Videos by bystanders captured parts of the vehicle’s swift acceleration into a crowd that was protesting a rally of white national and other right-wing groups. Some of those in the white national groups carried shields adorned with a version of the Detroit Red Wings logo.
The vehicle registered to Fields, a gray Dodge Challenger, was stopped in the roadway moments before it sped off. After the collisions, it backed out the way it came. Fields was arrested a short time later.
According to a report in the Washington Post, Fields’ father was killed by a drunk driver before his birth and he was raised by his mother in Northern Kentucky. The Post attributed the information to an uncle of Fields who wished to remain anonymous.
It was not immediately clear what brought him to Northwest Ohio or when he arrived. Fields is expected to be arraigned on multiple charges on Monday.
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