‘We will not stand for hate’: 3 men arrested related to neo-Nazi demonstration in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Three men with neo-Nazi affiliations were arrested Friday on charges stemming from an antisemitic demonstration in Orange County last weekend.

Joshua Terrell, 46, and Burt Colucci, 45, are both charged with battery with a hate crime enhancement, and Jason Brown, 47, is charged with grand theft.

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Deputies said all three men are well-known members of the National Socialist Movement, with a significant online presence on public media associated with the neo-Nazi group.

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Deputies said Terrell, Colucci and Brown were part of a group of 20 demonstrators gathered around 12:15 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Alafaya Trail and Waterford Lakes Parkway. The group, assembled on public property, was reported by witnesses to be wearing clothing with Nazi insignia and yelling profanities and antisemitic slurs at vehicles passing by.

A Jewish man reported to deputies that when he approached the group of demonstrators, he was pepper-sprayed, punched, and had his phone stolen.

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Investigators said they determined that Brown stole the man’s phone, Colucci pepper-sprayed the man and Terrell punched him.

Sheriff John Mina released a statement on social media regarding the arrests stating, “We will not stand for hate in our community.”

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.