Tampa Neo-Nazi Accused of Making Explosives at Home
Law enforcement officials found the explosives while investigating a double murder, according to the FBI.
TAMPA – An admitted neo-Nazi was arrested in Key Largo on Sunday (May 21) after Tampa police found homemade explosives in his residence.
Brandon Russell, 21, of Tampa, was charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device and unlawful storage of explosive material in violation of federal law. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 11 years in federal prison.
The Tampa Police Department was investigating a double homicide Friday (May 19) at an apartment in the Tampa Palms area, where Russell, Devin Arthurs, and the deceased men, Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk, had been living together. Arthurs had told police that he, Russell, and the two dead men shared common neo-Nazi beliefs and that Russell participated in online neo-Nazi chat rooms where he threatened to kill people and bomb infrastructure, according to the FBI.
During a search of the apartment, Tampa police said they discovered a cooler in the garage containing the explosive HMTD (hexamethylene triperoxide diamine), along with various explosive precursors in close proximity. Upon questioning, police said, Russell admitted that he had manufactured the HMTD located in the garage.
Russell was arrested Sunday by FBI agents. Arthurs had been arrested Friday by Tampa police officers. Arthurs is facing murder, assault and kidnapping charges in state court.
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