Virginia Accused Killer Was Subject Of 911 Calls In N. Ky.
By Mike Perleberg
James Alex Fields, Jr.
(Florence, Ky.) – James Alex Fields, Jr., the white supremacist accused of driving a car into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, had prior run-ins with northern Kentucky law enforcement.
Fields had lived near Florence with his mother before moving to Ohio last year. He graduated from Cooper High School in Union in 2015, which the FBI visited on Monday.
Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, had previously called police because of her son’s threatening behavior. Records released by the Florence Police Department show Samantha Bloom called police in 2011 and told them Fields had beaten her. He also allegedly stood behind her while holding a large knife.
In another incident in 2010, Bloom said that Fields smacked her in the head and locked her in a bathroom after she told him to stop playing video games.
The Dodge Challenger which Fields had driven into the crowd at Saturday’s demonstration was purchased in Florence in 2015. The attack killed one woman and injured 19 others.
Fields is now in jail in Virginia after a judge ordered him held without bond on Monday. Charges are pending. Another court hearing is scheduled for August 25.
Meanwhile, Northern Kentucky University is standing up for the victims in Charlottesville. NKU students held a vigil for victims of the attack last night.
Students said Fields’ ties to the area make the attack feel close to home.