James Alex Fields, Jr., who is accused of driving into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, reportedly had attacked his mother and embraced Naziism.
The mother of James Alex Fields, Jr., the man accused of killing one and injuring 19 in Saturday’s domestic terror attack in Charlottesville, Va., called 911 from her Florence, Ky., apartment at least twice reporting her son was attacking or threatening her, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Authorities from the Boone County, Ky., Sheriff’s Office and the Florence Police Department responded nine times from November 2010 through February 2013 to the condominium of Samantha Bloom, 49, and her son. In 2011, Bloom called police to report her son “is being very threatening toward her. The mother is in a wheelchair and doesn’t feel in control of the situation and is scared,” read police dispatcher notes.
Authorities say Fields drove his 2010 Dodge Challenger through a crowd of counterprotesters after a white supremacist rally, smashing into two other vehicles and throwing several victims into the air. Heather Heyer, 32, of Charlottesville, was killed. In 2010, Bloom called police saying he took her phone and “smacked her in the head … put his hands over her mouth,” after she told him to stop playing video games. Caitlin Wilson, who went to high school with Fields, said as early as middle school, Fields would draw swastikas and talk about loving Hitler. “When I saw his mugshot, I wasn’t shocked,” she said.