JUST IN: Suspect identified in Charlottesville vehicle attack

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A man arrested Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, who was the driver of the vehicle that plowed into a crowd of counter-protestors as they marched on the street, has now been identified.

According to Superintendent Martin Kumer of the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail, the man is custody is James Alex Fields, Jr., a 20-year-old man from Maumee, Ohio.

One person was killed, a 32-year-old woman, and 19 others were injured when Fields drove into the crowd at a high rate of speed, then put his car in reverse and sped back down the street in an attempt to quickly get away.

Police captured Fields not far from the crash site and took him into custody.

He is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in a death.

The Daily Beast reported that Fields was cited for expired license plates in May 2017. A witness said early Saturday that there were no license plates on his vehicle.

He reportedly registered as a Republican in 2016.

The Charlottesville Police Department published the following report on their Facebook page Saturday evening, announcing the city council had given emergency authority to the Chief of Police to enact a city curfew if he decides it is necessary:

*** COMMUNITY ALERT ***

At an emergency meeting at the Albemarle County Office Building this evening, Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to empower Charlottesville Chief of Police Al Thomas to regulate, restrict or prohibit any assembly of persons, or the movement of persons or vehicles on any public street, sidewalk, right-of-way, park or other publicly-owned property as he deems necessary to protect the City of Charlottesville.

“The Council’s decision to give Chief Thomas the authority to enact a curfew as appropriate was made out of an abundance of caution,” said Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer. “We did so, having full confidence in Chief Thomas and regional law enforcement’s ability to make the final call.”

Chief Thomas has not taken any action as of yet, should he do so, the City will send notice.

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