ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — One of the three men arrested following a violent neo-Nazi demonstration in Orange County faced a judge Monday.
Deputies said Jason Brown stole a Jewish man’s phone last month as others attacked him.
Last week, investigators arrested a total of three men for their involvement in that demonstration. Law enforcement said they’re all members of the National Socialist Movement.
Brown is charged in connection with assaulting a Jewish man, 21-year-old David Newstat, during the neo-Nazi demonstration that took place outside Waterford Lakes on Jan. 29.
Another man, Joshua Terrell, is charged with battery for punching Newstat.
Newstat told police he saw the group dressed in Nazi gear yelling at passing cars, and someone spat in his direction.
He got out of the car and approached them, and that’s when things got nasty.
A police report said Newstat was pepper-sprayed and punched before other drivers helped him.
“No matter what, I’ll stick up for my heritage,” Newstat said. “We don’t accept this in the community.”
Deputies said Terrell and Brown have been identified as members of the National Socialist Movement.
The head of the group, Burt Colucci, appeared in court in Polk County Saturday and was released on bond. Documents state Colucci is also charged with battery.
Brown has outstanding warrants in Brevard County, so he will remain there until those are taken care of. He will then be transferred back to Orange County.
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