After participating in the Unite the Right demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., Michael Ramos recorded an hour-long, rambling account of the march on Facebook live where he talked about his role in violent clashes with counter-demonstrators. Ramos said he acted in self-defense. (Credit: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

Marietta man wanted in Charlottesville beating in custody

A Cobb County man arrested in connection with a brutal assault more than two weeks ago in Charlottesville, Va., waived extradition during a first court appearance Tuesday, authorities said.

Alex Michael Ramos, 33, of Marietta, had been wanted since a warrant was issued last week charging him in the Aug. 12 attack that left counter-protester DeAndre Harris with a broken wrist and deep head wound. The assault was captured on video.

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Ramos surrendered to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in Middle Georgia on Monday, the agency said Tuesday in a Facebook post. The Cobb County Police Department confirmed the arrest in its own social media post.

Ramos is seen in videos online swinging at Harris, a 20-year-old Charlottesville resident who is on the ground at the entrance to a parking garage while several white men take turns beating him with sticks and fists.

Harris, who is black, escaped the men but suffered serious injuries, including a chipped tooth, a broken wrist and a gash to his head that required eight staples to close, according to an interview Harris gave after he had been treated for his injuries.

Ramos did himself no favors, acknowledging his role in the assault on Harris in a rambling, profane Facebook video he recorded once he returned to Georgia. “Nobody else was protecting us,” he said in the Facebook video. “Yeah, I’m glad I stomped some a** out there. You hurt my people I guess we hurt you back.” 

Ramos was once associated with the Georgia Security Force III%, a metro Atlanta-based, right-wing militia. But the leader of that group said Ramos had severed ties and was now affiliated with the Proud Boys, a “pro-West fraternal organization,” according to founder Gavin McInnes.

According to The Associated Press, he faces a charge of malicious wounding in connection with the beating. Ramos will return to Virginia to face that charge, according to Channel 2 Action News.

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