Police find Nazi items, explosives during murder probe

Louis Holland
May 24, 2017

Police said Arthurs killed his roommates because they disrespected his faith.

Police said they found bomb detection devices in Russell's room and radiation materials.

The fourth roommate has been identified as 21-year-old Brandon Russell, and he now faces federal charges for the disturbing items police found inside the apartment. While he was taken into custody, he said he did it because America was had "bomb [ed his] country".

He is being charged with two counts of first-degree murder.

They had all been neo-Nazis, but Arthurs said he recently converted to Islam, and murdered two of them for disparaging his new religion, cops said.

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When asked by officers if anyone was hurt, Arthurs replied: "The people in the apartment, but they're aren't hurt, they're dead".

At one point, Arthurs reportedly said he wanted to end up on cable news. Both appeared to have died of gunshot wounds, police said.

Athurs also allegedly held three people hostage at a Tampa smoke shop.

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The Herald also reports that Russell is a member of a group called "Atomwaffen" (meaning "atomic weapon" in German.) The group has been promoted by the white supremacist Daily Stormer website since past year.

A man told police he killed his two roommates because they were neo-Nazis who disrespected his recent conversion to Islam, and investigators found bomb-making materials and Nazi propaganda after he led them to the bodies.

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Details are still slim on Russell's background, but he joined the Florida National Guard in February 2016 and was assigned to Company C of the 53rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion based out of Pinellas Park, says William Manley, a spokesperson for the Florida Guard.

While police brought him to a patrol vehicle after he surrendered, Arthurs mentioned "Allah Mohammed". However, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent wrote in a report that HMTD is "too energetic and volatile" for the type of uses Russell described.

"Based on my training and experience, HMTD is too energetic and volatile for these types of uses", FBI Special Agent Timothy A. Swanson wrote in a criminal complaint filed this weekend.

The National Guardsman didn't hide his beliefs, though: He told agents about his Neo-Nazi affiliation and his membership in the "Atomwaffen", a group promoted the Daily Stormer website.

Himmelman and Oneschuk had recently moved to Florida from MA for a change of pace before being invited to live with Arthurs, Himmelman's sister said via the Tampabay.

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Himmelman says Jeremy and Andrew had moved in with Arthurs two weeks ago and nearly immediately there was friction.

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