Suspect arrested in Charlottesville car ramming

20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. arrested in connection with attack on a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville.

Ben Ariel ,

Clashes in Charlottesville
Clashes in Charlottesville

Police on Saturday night arrested a suspect in connection with the attack on a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville.

According to CNN, the suspect has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio.

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

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said the suspect was taken into custody not far from the crash site.

Meanwhile, the death toll linked to the rally rose to three, one in the car crash and two in a helicopter crash outside Charlottesville, reported AFP.

A 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 were hurt in the ramming, police said.

The cause of the helicopter crash, which occurred in a nearby wooded area, was under investigation, and authorities did not say how the crash was linked to the violence in Charlottesville, through it appeared state police were onboard.