A man running to be Charlottesville's next commonwealth's attorney is in trouble with the law after an altercation on the Downtown Mall
Jeffrey E. Fogel got involved in an incident with blogger Jason Kessler outside Miller’s Downtown around 9:50 p.m. Thursday, June 1.
The 72-year-old attorney says he ran into a protest against Kessler, who was eating at the restaurant.
Video recorded by someone at the scene shows Caleb Norris, a friend of Kessler’s, approaching Fogel and claiming that the attorney shoved him aggressively.
Norris later went to the Charlottesville Police Department and filed a report. Fogel also filed a report with police.
Several officers arrested Fogel at his home around 12:30 a.m. Friday, June 2. He is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.
"There's so much going on here that's a waste of time and energy for so many people and I include not just myself in that. I include the police department, the magistrates office, the commonwealth attorney's office over really, really petty stuff. I think it's a shame," Fogel said.
Fogel goes on to say he feels Kessler is an instigator, calling him, "a bane to this town."
The attorney is representing 38-year-old Veronica Haunami Fitzhugh, who is charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
Authorities say Fitzhugh was part of a group yelling and chanting at Kessler and several other men seated outdoors in the 400 block of East Main Street around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20.
Fogel and Fitzhugh are scheduled to appear in Charlottesville General District Court Monday, June 5.
06/02/2017 Release from the Charlottesville Police Department:
On 06/01/2017 at approximately 9:55 p.m., officers with the Charlottesville Police Department responded to the 100 block of West Main St for a report of protest.
Upon arrival, officers found approximately 12 to 15 people chanting and holding signs. Their attention appeared to be focused on a group of patrons at Miller’s Pub.
A short time later, the group of patrons at Miller’s Pub along with some of the protesters arrived at the Charlottesville Police Department lobby.
One of the patrons reported being assaulted by Jeffrey E. Fogel (W/M; 72 years of age; resident of Charlottesville) while at Miller’s Pub.
The victim then went to the magistrate’s office and obtained a non-permitted simple assault warrant against Fogel.
Fogel was arrested on 06/02/2017 at approximately 12:30 a.m. at his residence without incident. He was taken to the magistrate where he was released on a personal recognizant bond and then given an escort back to his residence.
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