Charlottesville Makes 4 Arrests in Downtown AreaPosted: Updated:
Press Release from the Charlottesville Communications Office:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - As of 4 p.m. on Sunday, four individuals have been arrested in connection with incidents in and around the downtown area:
Jesse T. Beard, 42, of Charlottesville, was arrested by Virginia State Police on one count of obstruction of free passage. At approximately 11:04 a.m., Beard deliberately positioned himself in front of police motorcycle units, which were attempting to provide safe passage for a group of demonstrators in the area of Preston Avenue and Eighth Street. He was released on a summons.
Martin E. Clevenger, 29, of Spotsylvania, and Veronica H. Fitzhugh, 40, Charlottesville, were arrested by Virginia State Police on one count each of disorderly conduct. Around 11:25 a.m., Clevenger approached Market Street Park and stopped to the salute the Lee statue. A small group gathered around Clevenger and began to verbally engage with him. During that exchange, a verbal altercation between Fitzhugh and Clevenger became physical. Both individuals were released on a summons.
Chloe J. Lubin, 29, of Portland, Maine, was arrested by Virginia State Police on charges of assault and battery, disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice and possession of a concealed weapon. All of the charges are misdemeanors. At approximately 2:10 p.m., a state trooper observed Lubin spit in the face of a demonstrator in the area of Fourth and Water streets. As the trooper attempted to take her into custody, she clung to another demonstrator. Upon her arrest, she was found to be in possession of a metal baton. She was released on an unsecured bond.
The City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville Police and all partner agencies involved in safeguarding the Greater Charlottesville Region throughout the weekend continue to remain vigilant in anticipation of planned events. Media advisories and other informational releases will be disseminated as necessary to provide significant situational updates.
Citizens and media outlets seeking information related to current events in the Charlottesville area are encouraged to follow social media accounts for the City of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia. These channels are the most official and immediate sources of information during the weekend. Any statements or photos issued via these accounts are to be considered official and approved for media use.