According to the criminal complaint filed, Blakney struck a man in the head with a stick he believed to be associated with the controversial rally. The complaint adds that this was prior to Blakney being struck in the face and called a racial slur by a different man.
Blakney went before a judge in Charlottesville General District Court Monday, January 22. His case was continued until March 8.
The Charlottesville Police Department said it will not be releasing any additional information on the investigation at this time.
01/22/2018 Release from the Charlottesville Police Department:
On January 19, 2018 our Criminal Investigations Division arrested Donald Blakney (51 years of age, resident of Charlottesville, Va.) with Malicious Wounding in violation of Virginia State Code 18.2-51. Donald Blakney was brought before a magistrate and released on a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.
The charge is in relation to an Aggravated Assault that occurred on August 12, 2017 in the 100 block of East Market Street located in the City of Charlottesville.
At this time, this is all the information that can be released related to this investigation.