Orlando, Florida (AP) —Three people were arrested a few days after a Jewish passerby was attacked by a group of self-proclaimed neo-Nazis. Shouted anti-Semitic slogan outside Central Florida’s shopping plaza Over the weekend, officials said on Friday.
Group leaders Bert Colucci (45) and Joshua Terrell (46) are each charged with hate crime-enhanced batteries, and Jason Brown (47) has been charged with massive theft. Orange County Sheriff Office.. All three are members of the National Socialist Movement and are one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the country, officials said.
More than 12 Nazi-dressed demonstrators protested at a crossroads near the University of Central Florida on Saturday and waved a swastika flag from an elevated highway on Sunday.
At the Saturday demonstration, some participants quarreled with passers-by who faced the group, but were not arrested at the time.
David Newstat, a Jewish student at the University of Central Florida, said WOFL-TV He was driven by a group, blaming their hatred, and urging one of the neo-Nazis to spit on him as others surrounded his car.
“I’m going to the store, the target, and I’m going home, and I’m being beaten by the Nazis,” Newstat said. “My grandfather was a survivor. Other members of my family were Holocaust survivors and then emigrated to the United States. These people are very ignorant and so many in their hearts. It’s very sad to see the accumulation of hatred. “
Newstat then said he got out of the car and started recording the group, pushing him a spit demonstrator. He then said the demonstrators had beaten him, kicked him, and sprayed him with pepper.
“I’m literally Jewish, attacked, assaulted, pepper sprayed, spit, you name it,” Newstat said.
Investigators watched a video of the incident, stating that Newstat was repeatedly beaten by Terrell, and Korucci sprayed pepper after pushing an older demonstrator to the ground. Orlando Sentinel.. According to an affidavit released by the sheriff’s office, Brown subsequently stole the victim’s phone, which was later found to be “irreparably damaged.”
The next day, the group gathered on an elevated track, but authorities at the Florida Highway Safety Vehicle Authority and the Florida Highway Patrol said they had disbanded.
Orange County, central Florida, is home to the country’s largest theme park resort.The demo took place a week later Anti-Semitic leaflets were distributed to hundreds of homes in two cities in South Florida The Jewish population is large.
Online prison and court records did not indicate whether there was a lawyer who could comment on Terrell, Colucci, or Brown.