A 33-year-old man who was wanted in the beating of a black man during a white nationalist and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned himself in to a Georgia sheriff’s office on Monday evening, authorities said.
Alex Michael Ramos was wanted in connection with the Aug. 12 assault of DeAndre Harris, who was beaten on the same day a man drove a car into a group of counterprotesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring many more.
Sgt. Lawson Bittick of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Ramos identified himself as an unemployed construction worker, and had two addresses in Georgia. He would be extradited to Virginia, Bittick said.
Ramos was identified by police after he wrote about the attack on Facebook, according to his attorney. He called the attack “defensive” in a television interview, and said he is not a white nationalist.
“I was there because, pretty much, I’m a conservative,” he said. “ There were some non-racist members who were going to a free speech rally.”
Two other men allegedly involved in the attack — 18-year-old Daniel P. Borden of Mason, Ohio, and Richard W. Preston, 52, of Maryland — have already been taken into custody.