A white nationalist with links to Neo-Nazis who is also a former candidate for Senate from Florida was arrested on a warrant from South Carolina identifying him as a fugitive, news sources report. Occurring at Melbourne Square Mall, Augustus Sol Invictus, who had previously spoken at a rally leading to three deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia, was taken into custody by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. The warrant is based on several substantial charges including possession of a firearm, kidnapping, and domestic violence. However, the warrant does not include any of the facts which support these charges. It is not yet known if Invictus has hired an attorney.
Reporting by the Southern Poverty Law Center provides more factual background for the underpinnings of the warrant. Citing the Rockville Police Department, a woman claiming to be Invictus’ wife alleges that she was forced to accompany Invictus to Jacksonville. This threat was carried out in front of their children and at gunpoint, the victim reportedly told authorities. The same woman had previously filed a police report against Invictus for two violent incidents. One was based on her allegation that Invictus “beat and strangled” her, and the other was based on her allegation that he stalked her and threatened to shoot her, sources say. In both cases, she declined to press charges following the filing of the police reports, according to reports.
This is not Invictus’ first brush with media controversy, as he is currently running for president on a platform of severely curtailing the rights of women and non-white citizens. In his run for U.S. Senate from Florida in 2016, Invictus drew unflattering comments when he admitted he had killed a goat and drank its blood as part of a pagan ritual. Invictus also denies that the Holocaust occurred, causing more rancour among his critics.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles maintains active pages on fugitives where any person can submit information and remain anonymous. Additionally, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement maintains a Violent Fugitive Apprehension Program which targets national and international fugitives from the law. Invictus’ case may not be an isolated one, as some experts in the past few years have called Florida “a new frontier” for fugitives on the run from the law.
Federal authorities have also taken note, creating the Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force charged with arresting fugitives. These operations, sometimes conducted with local law enforcement, have netted significant arrests and the return of these fugitives to places across the United States. Many of these fugitives were arrested for crimes ranging from first-degree murder to aggravated assault and almost every other kind of offense in between.
Following Invictus’ arrest, he was taken to the Rock Hill Police Department and held in jail awaiting a bond hearing. He was denied bond by the judge for the three charges he is facing and will be awaiting trial in jail. Invictus has had a long history of allegations of violence prior to his arrest from multiple victims, although this is apparently the first time he has been charged based on an allegation.