Christopher Cantwell, a white supremacist who provided an in-depth description of his racist beliefs of black and Jewish people and explained his movement’s violent goals at the “Unite the Right” rally to Vice News correspondent Elle Reeves earlier this month, has turned himself into Virginia police, according to The New York Times.
Cantwell turned himself into the Lynchburg Police Department in Virginia, days after the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office of Albemarle County had issued four felony warrants for his arrest related to the “illegal use of gases, and injury by caustic agent or explosive.”
He had been held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in the town and will be transported to Charlottesville, according to Times.
Cantwell, who is seen in the Vice News documentary denouncing Jews and declaring, “a lot more people are gonna die before we’re done here,” told the Boston Globe he believes the warrants are related to an image where he’s “pepper-spraying a guy straight in his face as he’s coming toward me.”
“I thought that spraying that guy was the least damaging thing I could do,” Cantwell said. “In my left hand I had a flashlight. My other option, other than the pepper spray, was to break this guy’s teeth. Okay? And I didn’t want to do that. I just wanted him to not hurt me.”
Last week, he released a video of himself weeping on camera as he discussed the possibility that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.
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“I called the Charlottesville Police Department,” Cantwell said, “and said, ‘I have been told there’s a warrant out for my arrest. They said they wouldn’t confirm it but that I could find this out I could go to a magistrate or whatever.”
Cantwell said he was “terrified” about the prospect of arrest.
“I don’t know what to do,” he cried. ”I need guidance.”
Cantwell defended the killing of Heather Heyer — the 32-year-old woman fatally struck on Saturday by a driver identified as a white supremacist — as “justified,” to Vice News.