MAUMEE, Ohio — The 20-year-old Ohio man accused of plowing his car into a crowd of counterprotestors in Charlottesville Saturday applied to a Toledo-area community college this summer, an official said Sunday.
James Alex Fields Jr. put in an application at Owens Community College, about 15 miles away from his listed Maumee address, college spokesman Jared Meade said. However, Fields never enrolled in any classes, so he was never classified as a student.
It’s unclear if Fields expressed on his application whether he was interested in a specific course of study, Meade said.
Fields was arrested in Charlottesville Saturday, accused of killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more during a chaotic white nationalist rally on the University of Virginia campus. Police say Fields rammed his car through a narrow street filled with people.
The rally was attended by a variety of white supremacists — including neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan — who descended on the city to “take America back” by rallying against plans to remove a Confederate statue. Hundreds came to protest against the racism.
Fields told his mother, Samantha Bloom, he was attending the rally, but she didn’t know it was a white supremacist gathering, according to the Associated Press.
“I thought it had something to do with Trump. Trump’s not a white supremacist,” said Bloom, who became visibly upset as she learned of the injuries and deaths at the rally. “He had an African-American friend so …,” she said before her voice trailed off.
Fields moved to Maumee, a suburb about 20 miles south of Toledo, about a year ago from Kentucky, where he lived near Cincinnati.
Media outlets were camped outside Fields’ apartment complex, the Reserve at Monclova, Sunday afternoon. The newly constructed apartment homes, surrounded on three sides by corn fields, sit on private property, and a Lucas County Sheriff’s deputy blocked the driveway to all non-residents.
Maria Stanton, a representative with the complex’s management company, confirmed that Fields had lived at one of the apartments, but she was unsure if it was his most current address.
Fields was an active Army serviceman for about four months in 2015, and it’s unclear why he left the service, the New York Times reported Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.