Man linked to neo-Nazis, one-time senate candidate, arrested in Melbourne on fugitive warrant charges:

One of the nation's most prominent voices in the white nationalist movement remains held without bond at the Brevard County Jail Complex after law enforcement authorities arrested him in Melbourne on a warrant for kidnapping and domestic violence-related charges in South Carolina.

Augustus Sol Invictus, 36, an attorney linked to neo-Nazis who also is a failed U.S. Senate candidate, headlined a 2017 Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. That rally ended with a counter-protester being killed and 19 others injured. .

The Monday arrest carried out by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office happened at Melbourne Square Mall at about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Authorities said Invictus, identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a promoter of white supremacist notions on race and as someone who questioned whether the Holocaust happened, was wanted out of Rock Hill, South Carolina.

The warrant listed charges for kidnapping, domestic violence and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

The warrant is connected to a Dec. 22 incident involving Invictus’ wife, according to Rock Hill police spokesman Lt. Michael Chavis.

Invictus, whose given name is Austin Gillespie, appeared in court at the Brevard County Jail on New Year’s Day. He waived extradition.

South Carolina authorities have 10 business days to take custody of Invictus while he’s held on the out-of-state warrant.

“We received a report from the victim that her husband had come to their rental property and that he used a firearm to threaten her," Chavis said. "He also forced her and their children to go to Florida.”

The unnamed woman was in Jacksonville when she got away from Invictus. She told police that Invictus had held a gun to her head in front of their children while in South Carolina. Invictus arrived in Brevard County a short time later.

Law enforcement authorities told a reporter with the Miami Herald that Invictus has relatives in the area and had been tracked down shortly after turning up in Brevard.

"He was followed. The authorities were familiar with him in Florida and knew how to find him," Chavis said.

Invictus rose to prominence in alt-right circles by using provocative tactics to call attention to his views on race, the civil rights movement and what he and others saw as the overthrow of white civilization with the removal of Civil War statues across the nation.

In July 2017, he ran a failed bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

In August 2017, Invictus was the headline speaker at a neo-Nazi 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, where three people were killed in events surrounding the gathering, including Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old counter protester with ties to Brevard County. Two state troopers monitoring the protests were also killed during a helicopter crash.

Invictus, who has an Ocala address listed on the arrest affidavit submitted by the Sheriff’s Office, is being held without bond at the Brevard County Jail Complex in Sharpes.

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