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Inspiration for Unite the Right Rally Charged With Kidnapping

Augustus Invictus also charged with domestic violence in SC
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2020 11:00 AM CST
Augustus Invictus.   (Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A white nationalist who inspired the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., is facing numerous charges, including kidnapping. Augustus Invictus, 36, was arrested Monday at a mall in Florida, where Brevard County Sheriff's deputies had been surveilling him since Christmas Day, per CBS News. They'd initially located him at the home of a relative on a tip from authorities in South Carolina. A warrant from that state's Rock Hill Police Department lists charges of kidnapping, "high and aggravated" domestic violence, and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, per the Miami Herald.

The Orlando-area attorney who admitted being friends with white supremacists launched a bid for Marco Rubio's Senate seat as a Libertarian candidate in 2016. Though ultimately unsuccessful, he drew plenty of attention, particularly with his claim that he killed a goat and drank its blood during a pagan ritual. Invictus, who has called for violent uprisings, was later a featured speaker at the Unite the Right rally, which organizer Richard Spencer said was based on Invictus' tenets. Invictus now runs the Revolutionary Conservative website. Held without bond, he's due in court on Jan. 15. (Read more Florida stories.)

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