Cops Bust Neo-Nazi Tampa Roommates For Explosives AND Killing Other Roommates For Disrespecting Conversion To Islam
Even by Florida Crazies standards this story is a doozy. 18-year-old Devon Arthurs was arrested Friday and is currently facing numerous charges including, two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of armed kidnapping after he allegedly killed his two roommates because they disrespected his newfound faith (he’s a recent Muslim convert), then held several hostages at a local smoke shop. He’s currently being held in the Hillsborough County jail.
According to Tampa Pay Times reports the case began to unfold Friday Afternoon when Arthurs entered the Green Planet Smoke Shop located down the street from his apartment.
A police report obtained by the newspaper states that Arthurs entered the smoke shop around 5:30 p.m. and pulled a semiautomatic pistol from his waistband.
“Do me a favor and get the f— on the ground!” he yelled to a female employee and male customer, the report states. Arthurs asked the customer, “Why shouldn’t I kill you?”
A few minutes later, another customer entered the store and Arthurs ordered him to get on the ground. He told all three people in the store that he had already killed his roommates, “blasting their head” with a semi-automatic pistol.
“He further informed all three victims that he was upset due to America bombing his Muslim countries,” according to the report, by police Detective Kenneth Nightlinger.
Two Tampa police officers arrived within five minutes of the second customer, allowing one hostage to run out of the store while the other officers negotiated the safe release of the other two people. Arthurs then surrendered, making references to “Allah Mohammed” as he allowed police to place him in handcuffs.
“I had to do it,” Arthurs said, according to the report. “This wouldn’t have had to happen if your country didn’t bomb my country.”
When asked if anyone else was hurt, Arthurs replied: “The people in the apartment, but they’re not hurt, they’re dead.”
Wait though. This story is about to go up a notch on the crazy scale.
Upon leaving the smoke shop, Arthurs directed police to his apartment, unit No. 3723 in the Hamptons at Tampa Palms complex. Arthurs roommate, Brandon Russell, 21, a Florida National Guardsman and admitted neo-Nazi who kept a framed photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on his dresser, was standing outside the apartment in his Army fatigues, “crying and visibly upset.” Arthurs saw Russell and told police, “That’s my roommate. He doesn’t know what’s going on and just found them like you guys did.”
According to the police report, once Officers entered the apartment they found the bodies of Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18, who had been shot in the head and upper body.
Arthurs said that, before the killings, “he had been privy to neo-Nazi internet sites threatening to kill people, and he had developed a thinking that he should take some of the neo-Nazis with him.”
Arthurs told police he had become angry about the world’s anti-Muslim sentiment and “wanted to bring attention to his cause.
Okay now here comes the part where Arthurs roommate, Russell ends up in deep isht. While searching the apartment’s garage, investigators at the scene found an explosive known as HMTD — hexmethylene tiperoxide diamine, according to a criminal complaint filed in US District Court. They also discovered potassium chlorate, potassium nitrate, nitro methane and over a pound of ammonium nitrate in a package addressed to Russell, as well as electric matches and empty 5.56-caliber ammunition casings with fuses that could be used to detonate explosive devices. In other words — these guys had everything it takes to make BOMBS!!!
According to the complaint against him, Russell admitted to being a national socialist, manufacturing the HTMD and owning the precursors, as well as admitting his membership in a white supremacy group called the Atomwaffen.
Despite all of these admissions — Russell still tried to claim he had the explosives because he was in an engineering club at the University of South Florida in 2013 and used the HMTD to boost homemade rockets and to send balloons into the atmosphere. SMH.
“Based on my training and experience, HMTD is too energetic and volatile for these types of uses,” U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Timothy A. Swanson wrote in the complaint.
The FBI is now involved with the case, handling Russell’s role. Russell was arrested Sunday on charges of possessing an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of explosive material.
CRAZY! CRAZY! CRAZY!
Meanwhile, Arthurs told cops that all four roommates shared Neo-Nazi beliefs prior to his conversion…
“Arthurs stated that for some time before the murders, he had been privy to Russell participating in online neo-Nazi internet chat rooms where he threatened to kill people and bomb infrastructure,” according to the complaint.
Himmelman’s sister Lyssa also spoke with the Tampay Bay Times, claiming that she knew Arthurs and Russell were part of a white supremacist group but said her brother and Oneschuk were not involved. She said her brother and Oneschuk recently moved to Florida from Massachusetts for a change of pace and were invited to live with Arthurs. She also said the pair had plans to move Monday “because of how extreme Devon was being.”
She described her brother Jeremy as a “sweet, funny, amazing loving brother who would never hurt a fly.”
Suuuuuure. And see, we told you this one was a doozy! Who wants to bet Ben Affleck or Jeremy Renner will be turning this into a movie?