Man accused of driving through crowd of protesters will not be released on bond

Man accused of driving through crowd of protesters will not be released on bond

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - The man accused of driving through a crowd of protesters in Henrico earlier this month will not be released on bond, the judge ordered Thursday morning.

Henrico Police say on June 7, Harry Rogers, a Hanover County resident, drove his blue pickup truck into the crowd, injuring a cyclist. Initially he was facing charges in connection with one protester, after new video came to light, more charges were added.

Multiple videos were shown in court on Thursday including a video that showed what prosecutors say is a woman being hit twice with Rogers’ truck.

This includes:

  • Four counts of assault with a hate crime
  • Two counts of attempted malicious wounding
  • One count of Hit and run

The hate crimes were added after a lead investigator in the case says KKK paraphernalia was found inside Rogers’ residence and in his car, including his robe and his Klan bible.

“We’re aiming to let citizens know that this behavior will not be tolerated. That the hatred that we believed to be a part of the intent of these crimes...will not be tolerated in Henrico County,” said Shannon Taylor, Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

The judge ruling in Roger’s case says Rogers ‘chose’ to make his actions.

Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor announced via Twitter she brought additional charges against Rogers.

“I’m charging the strongest form of assault and hate crimes permitted under Virginia law,” Taylor announced.

NBC12 asked if Rogers’ attorney wished to speak, he declined. Rogers’ next court appearance is August 10th.

When asked if new charges would be filed against Rogers, Taylor said it’s possible. When asked specifically about domestic terrorism charges, Taylor said “other KKK charges are still being investigated.”

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