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White nationalist Chris Cantwell is reportedly wanted for arrest

by Carter Sherman
Aug 17 2017, 7:36pm

White nationalist Christopher Cantwell, who spoke extensively with VICE News as the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, unfolded on Saturday, is now wanted for arrest on felony charges in Virginia, the Boston Globe reported Thursday.

Cantwell is wanted on two warrants — both related to events in Charlottesville — for felony charges for the illegal use of gases and injury by caustic agent or explosive, Virginia Commonwealth Attorney’s Office authorities told the Globe.

Each charge carries a minimum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.

Asked about the warrants, Cantwell told VICE News he acted in self-defense and plans to turn himself in.

“I think it’s obvious that I acted in self-defense,” he said. “I’ll beat the case if there is any justice; I’m just not certain justice is part of the equation anymore.”

In a video posted to YouTube Wednesday, Cantwell — who appeared to be fighting back tears — said he had reached out to New Hampshire police officers for advice about what to do.

“I want to be peaceful, I want to be law-abiding,” Cantell said in the video, adding, “We have done everything in our power to keep this peaceful, you know.”

The Virginia Commonwealth Attorney’s Office did not immediately return VICE News’ request for comment.

Read the VICE News Guide to Charlottesville here, and watch VICE News Tonight’s full episode of “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” below.