20yo Ohio man charged with murder after ramming car into Charlottesville protesters & killing woman

Police have identified James Alex Fields as the driver of the car that smashed into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters and another vehicle during Charlottesville rallies. Fields faces second degree murder charges for killing a woman and injuring 19 other people.

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Charlottesville, Virginia, US, August 12, 2017 © Joshua Roberts

The 20-year-old man was taken into custody following the deadly crash on Saturday afternoon. The suspect has been charged with one count of second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failure to prevent a hit-and-run incident.

Although police have not disclosed any details concerning the prime suspect’s identity, media reported that he was the owner of the grey Dodge Challenger, a vehicle that was filmed by the witnesses speeding up and plowing into the crowd of anti-fascist protesters who flocked to downtown Charlottesville on Saturday to oppose a large far-right rally there.

Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent Martin Kumer told the media that the man was refused bail and is due to appear before Charlottesville General District Court on Monday.

Fields is said to be a resident of Maumee, a suburb with 14,000 inhabitants in Lucas County, Ohio, some 10 miles southwest of Toledo.

A car certificate leaked to the media shows that James Alex Fields, Jr. has been owner of the vehicle since March 2016.

An image allegedly taken from the suspect’s Facebook account, since deleted, has circulated on social media. 

There have also been unconfirmed reports in the media that Fields was a US Army serviceman for a brief period in 2015.

READ MORE: ‘It was an intentional attack’: Eyewitness describes deadly Charlottesville car plowing incident

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