Augustus Invictus extradited on kidnapping charge
Mug shot from Rock Hill, S.C., Police Department of Augustus Sol Invictus.

Augustus Sol Invictus
Former Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate drew national attention in Charlottesville

Former Florida Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate and avowed white nationalist Augustus Sol Invictus has been extradited from Brevard County to South Carolina to face charges that he kidnapped his family at gunpoint and took them to Florida.

Invictus, formerly an Orlando lawyer whose specialties included criminal defense of defendants reputed to be white supremacists and neo-Nazis, is  now being held in the Rock Hill, South Carolina, jail. He was served with arrest warrants for kidnapping, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, and possession of a weapon during a crime of violence.

Thursday afternoon a Rock Hill Municipal Court judge denied bail to Invictus on all three counts.

His wife filed the complaint, who told Rock Hill police that on Dec. 12, he put a gun to her head to force her and their children into a car and to go to Jacksonville with him. She told police she was able to escape in Jacksonville and return, with their children, to South Carolina.

Invictus was arrested Dec. 29 in Brevard County.

Invictus, 36, gave the Brevard Sheriff’s Office a home address in Ocala. He moved to South Carolina sometime after 2016 after being accused of sexual battery and domestic battery in Orange County.

In 2016 he sought the Libertarian Party nomination to run for the U.S. Senate against Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. He was defeated in the party’s primary by Paul Stanton of Deland.

Invictus then emerged as a leader of the infamous 2017 “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalists, white separatists, neo-Nazis, and other radical elements in Charlottesville, Va. Invictus was credited with drafting the core tenants behind the rally.

His U.S. Senate campaign and his public life before and since have been marked by unusual behavior and statements. They have included his declaration that he drank goat’s blood in a cleansing ceremony; took LSD and recorded his experiences in journals posted online; his online audio journal of rambling diatribes on issues ranging from eugenics to a new civil war; claims that he was being harassed and even assaulted by Antifa, the FBI, and others; and previous allegations against him alleging sexual battery, domestic violence, threats to others, and violence.

Beginning in 2016, Invictus and the Libertarian Party of Florida were involved in a hostile and public war of words, charges and threats. Some party officials tried to sanction or even oust him. The battle ended with his quitting the party in 2017. He then became a Republican.

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Thomas Knapp

    January 9, 2020 at 8:58 am

    “Former Florida Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate”

    Please stop lying.

    The Libertarian US Senate candidate in the year Invictus sought but failed to become a Libertarian US Senate candidate was Paul Stanton.

  • Robert the Libertarian

    January 9, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Libertarians tend to frown on the far-left craze for domestic dispute criminal prosecutions and the charge inflation and political agendas involved: these matters should be handled by counseling and social or church workers. I certainly hope his family can address their troubles peacefully.

    For future reference the term large-L Libertarian is reserved to people who advocate the Libertarian pledge of ‘non-coercion and study’ of the Libertarian International Organization and very specific policies and are on its D-base. This has been going on for decades and is not exactly hard for journalists to know. The term is extended by LIO as a courtesy to active Libertarian Party members here and abroad who take a beginner’s pledge of advocacy form called the NAP. The designation lapses if inactive. Formal small-l libertarians are appliers and must also be on the LIO D-base. Informal libertarian fans or voters who use some libertarian-liberal ideas are called just that by the LIO and libertarian fans: fans, or voters.

    Mr. Invictus may qualify as an informal small-l libertarian fan or liberal user, or voter, but that’s about it. He makes no such claim, or even of being a Florida Libertarian Party (LPF) candidate, and apparently was never an actual member, and denied he has anything to do with LIO. Current Florida election laws opposed by the LPF allow anyone to troll as a ‘candidate’ without party approval, but the LPF has a procedure to vet candidates which was never used in his case. Florida SOE makes clear such candidacies are for nomination only, so it would be correct to say he was a candidate for LPF nomination if somewhat misleading.

    LP’s tend to troll out undesirables who typically are extremists or people sent in from other parties to cause trouble and bad PR. Mr. Invictus was assumed by many to be a far-left agitator. The derision by LPF supporters of Mr. Invictus with the campaign #GoatsLivesMatter was pretty amusing.

  • Emily Johnson

    January 18, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Facts:
    Augustu is not a Neo Nazi or a White Supremacist. He has four biological children who are Hispanic.

    The girl in 2016 accusing Augustus of abuse recanted and said she lied.

    Augustus went to Charlottesville (George Soros’s birthday was that day) to announce his 2018 Senate run. He had nothing to do with the fake death of crisis actor Heather. When Antifa started their violence, he left for safety reasons.

    Augustus got his Massachusetts and Florida law license to work to provide for his family. He sadly has a wife who is clearly mentally unstable and from the reports I’ve read, it looks like she’s making it up.

    Innocent until proven guilty.

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