Arkansan Arrested in Connection to Racially Charged Assault at Charlottesville Rally

WARD, Ark -- It's been two months since the nation watched in horror, as white supremacist rally in Virginia turned violent.

Now, Ward man, Jacob Goodwin, 22, sits in the Lonoke County jail and faces charges in connection to some of that violence.

Charlottesville police said Goodwin is part of a white supremacists group accused of beating a 20-year-old DeAndre Harris, a black man, in a parking lot next to the police department during the 'Unite the Right' rally. during the 'Unite the Right' rally.

Part of the brutal attack was caught on camera and has been viewed tens of thousands of times online. The shocking video is now considered a symbol of the violence and racial tension existing in the country today.

Investigators said Goodwin was arrested at his parents' home in Ward, Tuesday night.

Lee Merritt, Harris' lawyer, said he's glad Goodwin is behind bars.

"[Police are] only arresting individuals that have been hand delivered to them with names, video, independent witness address and background conducted by a team volunteering to do the job of law enforcement," said Merritt.

Authorities said on-line sleuthing apparently contributed to Goodwin's arrest, after the brutal video surfaced.

"It's encouraging to see people step up and do what law enforcement refuses to do, but that's why these agencies exist to deal with them on their own," said Merritt.

Merritt said his client now has a warrant out for his arrest and faces the same charges as the men accused of attacking Harris.

"The accusations are unfounded and that the proper procedure wasn't followed in obtaining the warrant," said Merritt.

U.S. Marshals said Charlottesville police contacted them last Wednesday, letting them know Goodwin could be hiding out at his parents' house.

Heustina Morales, his neighbor, said she saw police go to Goodwin's home.

 "I can't believe that," said Morales. "That was a surprise to me. I never thought he would do something like that."

Morales' concerns are for Goodwin's parents, who she said are not sure what to do.

"I know it's hard to see your son in that way, and I just want to tell her we are here for you," said Morales.

Goodwin is awaiting extradition to Virginia on charges of malicious wounding.


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