Police check neo-Nazis in Florida stabbings

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – A man believed to be connected to a Pasco County mobile home known as a neo-Nazi hangout was arrested in connection to the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy, sheriff’s officials said Friday.

Shawn Plott, 33, was arrested on two outstanding warrants for violating his probation, but has not been charged in the stabbing, Sheriff’s spokesman Doug Tobin said.

Kristofer Guy King, 17, and Patricia Lynn Wells, 44, were attacked in their trailer next door early Thursday by a man wearing a military-style gas mask, the sheriff’s office said.

King, a friend of Wells’ son died Friday. Wells was cut on the hands and face, treated and then released, said Tobin.

Plott was at the trailer — with Nazi flags and a swastika displayed outside — before the neighbors were attacked.

After Wells and King were stabbed Thursday, deputies surrounded the trailer and took into custody another man, John A. Ditullio, 20.

Ditullio has not been charged in the stabbings, but at a Friday hearing he was charged with assault, aggravated domestic battery and tampering with a witness for his alleged role in an unrelated incident in February. His bond was set at $1 million. Jail records did not indicate whether he has an attorney.

Several neighbors said the group that hangs out at the Nazi flag-adorned trailer frequently menaces the neighborhood with baseball bats.

New Port Richey is about 40 miles northwest of Tampa.


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Mar. 25, 2005
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