Devon Arthurs, an 18-year old former neo-Nazi, killed his two room mates after they ‘disrespected’ his conversion to Islam.
He told police that “he was upset by American bombing his muslim countries,” as he held strangers at a nearby smoke shop hostage after the slaying.
Jeremy Himmelman, aged 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, aged 18, was dead in the apartment that they shared with the neo-nazi.
There was a fourth roommate, now identified as Brandon Russell, aged 21, who is facing federal charges after disturbing the crime scene. He displaced items that officers found in the apartment. He was found by authorities outside, crying, after the killings.
Arthurs has a cooler full of explosive materials as well as a framed photo of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh.
Arthurs was convinced to surrender after only several minutes once police arrived at the scene. He said, “I had to do it.” He said that the reason behind this attack was because “your country” couldn’t stop bombing “my country.”
Authorities found him crying outside after the killing. According to the Tampa Bay Times, police found Jeremy Himmelman, 22, and Andrew Oneschuk, 18, dead in the apartment they shared with Arthurs and one other person. The fourth person has been identified as 21-year-old Brandon Russell, who now faces federal charges for what police found inside the apartment. He was found crying outside after the murders.
Russell, who admits to being a neo-Nazi, had a framed photo of domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh and a cooler full of explosive materials. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Arthurs held three people hostage at Green Planet Smoke Shop after killing his two roommates. He reportedly yelled, “Do me a favor and get the f*** on the ground!”