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Tampa murder suspect told police he wanted to stop neo-Nazi roommates from committing acts of domestic terrorism

Devon Arthurs, 18, told police he shared neo-Nazi beliefs with his roommates, Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk, until he converted to Islam, according to a police report.
[Tampa Police]
Published May 23, 2017

TAMPA — After he admitted to shooting two roommates and led police to their dead bodies, Devon Arthurs said he committed the killings to prevent the pair from carrying out terrorist acts, a prosecutor wrote in a court filing.

Arthurs, 18, had said upon his arrest Saturday night that Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18, were neo-Nazis, along with their third roommate, Brandon Russell, 21. Arthurs said the group ridiculed his conversion to Islam, according to court documents.

"He also stated that his two deceased roommates, along with a third roommate, Brandon Russell, were neo-Nazis and that he wanted to prevent them from committing planned acts of domestic terrorism," Assistant State Attorney Ronald Gale wrote in a motion for pretrial detention filed Monday in Hillsborough Circuit Court.

Russell, whom police encountered at the murder scene, crying and clad in camouflage, was later arrested in the Florida Keys. In a search of his bedroom after the homicides, police found explosives and bomb-making materials. He remains in a federal detention center in Miami.

Arthurs, who faces two murder charges, is being held without bail in the Hillsborough County Jail. He is expected to appear before a county judge on Wednesday.

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