Maumee, Ohio resident James Alex Fields, Jr. was apprehended after ramming a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of Charlottesville counter-protesters and bystanders at the Unite the Right rally on Saturday, Aug. 12.
The 20-year-old white supremacist was in the Virginia city protesting the planned removal of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee statue and promoting alt-right ideology.
Fields is currently held without bond and on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.
The driver is also scheduled to be arraigned Monday in the Charlottesville General District Court. Fields' car crashed into the back of another sedan forcing itself into the crowd. Protesters told the media that they could hear the sound of screeching tires prior to the collision.
Video from the incident also showed protesters frantically moving out of the way while the white supremacist backed out of the tight street to evade capture.
Reports state that a 32-year-old white woman identified as Heather Heyer died and at least 19 others were injured from yesterday's crash. Officials at the University of Virginia Hospital said as of Sunday morning, they have five people in critical condition, four serious, six fair and four in good condition after the car incident Saturday afternoon.
Donations have flooded in for Heyer after a GoFundMe campaign was launched early Sunday.
So far, $52,947 of the $50K goal has been raised and donations continue to pour in for the martyr. Heyer was a paralegal from nearby Greene County and she wrote her last Facebook message voicing her outrage for the rally. “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” the post read.
Please help aid the family of Heather Heyer who was martyred today courageously standing up to hate. https://t.co/ZHH4XNcm2R— DSA 🌹 (@DemSocialists) August 13, 2017
According to The New York Daily News, Fields' mother knew about her son's intentions to go to the rally. “I told him to be careful,” Samantha Bloom told the Toledo Blade. “If they are going to rally, to make sure he is doing it peacefully.”
But he didn't. Fields was photographed prior to yesterday's attack in full neo-Nazi garb.
I think we know what side James Alex Fields Jr is on pic.twitter.com/IQeR4sVApl— GandUlf Samuelsson (@LorenzoMeow) August 13, 2017
The Cleveland Plain Dealer points out that Fields voted Republican in the recent election.