CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The Charlottesville Police Department says a candidate in a local race is facing a simple assault charge in connection with an incident on the Downtown Mall.
According to a release, 72-year-old Jeffery E. Fogel was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Friday at his residence.
Police say officers responded to the 100 block of West Main Street for reports of a protest just before 10 p.m., and they found between 12 and 15 people chanting and holding signs outside of Miller's Pub.
A short time later, a group of people who had been patrons of the restaurant and some of the protesters arrived at the police department's lobby where one of the patrons reported being assaulted by Fogel.
The victim then went to the magistrate's office and got a non-permitted simple assault warrant against Fogel.
The incident at Miller's Pub involved a man described as a white nationalist, Jason Kessler, who has been in the middle of recent controversies regarding the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park and a failed petition to remove Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy from office.
Fogel, who is running to be the next Commonwealth's Attorney for Charlottesville, has been released on bond.