Updated: Charlottesville Man Charged with Assault
A man running to be Charlottesville's next commonwealth's attorney is in trouble with the law after an altercation on the Downtown Mall. Police arrested Jeffrey Fogel Friday, June 2.
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.