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White nationalist Christopher Cantwell turned himself in and is being held without bond


A white nationalist involved in recent turmoil in Charlottesville, Virginia has turned himself in to police, according to authorities in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Lynchburg Police Department on Wednesday said in a statement that Christopher Cantwell, 36, surrendered to them about 4:30 p.m. local time that evening.

Cantwell was reportedly arrested without incident on three felony charges out of Abermerle County, Virginia, the site of the controversial "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville earlier this month.

The charges included one count of malicious gas causing injury, one count of unlawful release of gas causing injury, and one count of assault: unlawful injury by acid/explosive/fire.

Some Twitter users on Thursday voiced satisfaction that Cantwell is in custody following his role in the Charlottesville chaos.

Cantwell is reportedly being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Lynchburg without bond after turning himself in.

The white nationalist earned national notoriety upon appearing as a key figure in a Vice News segment on Charlottesville’s recent unrest that aired Aug. 14.

The Vice segment showed Cantwell and other white nationalists marching in the “Unite the Right” rally to protest the removal of a Confederate statue there.

The situation in Charlottesville turned violent on Aug. 12 when a car drove into counter-protesters there, killing one person and wounding 19 others. Two Virginia state troopers also died the same day in a helicopter crash authorities linked to the disruption in Charlottesville.

The Virginia city’s recent struggles have sparked national debate on whether Confederate monuments are symbols of racial injustice, valuable U.S. history or both.

President Trump, meanwhile, came under fire this month when critics accusing him of not forcefully condemning the white nationalists in Charlottesville.

The president initially said that there was violence on “many sides” in the Virginia city without immediately denouncing white nationalists.

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