Ohio man, 20, identified as suspect accused of driving car into Charlottesville protesters

An Ohio man is accused of driving a vehicle into a crowd of people protesting a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va ., killing a 32 -year-old woman and injuring 19 others, police told late Saturday.

James Alex Fields Jr ., 20, was booked into the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail on one count of second-degree slaying, three countings of malicious wounding, and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death.

Col. Martin Kumer, the jail’s superintendent, told the Associated Press that he doesn’t believe Fields has obtained an attorney yet.

Kumer added that a bond hearing is scheduled for Monday.

The Washington Post reported that the silver 2010 Dodge Challenger involved in the accident was registered to Fields.

In addition, photograph taking into consideration the car as it barreled toward the crowd of protesters show it bearing an Ohio license plate number, GVF 1111. The Post also reported that Fields’ last known address was in Maumee, a suburbium of Toledo. WHIO-TV reported that the Ohio county code on the license plate corresponded to Lucas County, where Maumee is located.

Field’s mother, Samantha Bloom, told The Associated Press on Saturday night that she knew her son was attending a rally in Virginia but didn’t know it was a white supremacist rally.

“I thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump’s not a white supremacist, ” Bloom said.

“He had an African-American friend so …, ” she said before her voice trailed off. She added that she’d be surprised if her son’s opinions were that far right.

Bloom, who became visibly upset as she learned of the traumata and demises at the rally, said she and her son had just moved to the Toledo area from the northern Kentucky city of Florence. She said that’s where Fields grew up. She relocated to Ohio for work.

The crash climaxed a day of violence in the university township that had been sparked by the arrival of hundreds of white nationalists protesting plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park.

Matt Korbon, a 22 -year-old University of Virginia student, said several hundred counter-protesters were marching through a pedestrian mall downtown when “suddenly there was just this tire squeaking sound.” He said the Dodge Challenger smashed into another auto, then backed up, barreling through “a sea of people.”

The crash sparked bellows from several Republican lawmakers for a federal investigation of what they described as a domestic terror attack. However, federal law enforcement officials told Fox News that they were not yet answering because it was not clear the situation rose to that level.

The officers said that if it becomes clear the protesters were targeted due to their political faiths or minority status, the Bureau could become involved.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report .

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