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John A. Ditullio has been tanken into custody on charges unrelated to the stabbings of Patricia Wells and Kristofer Guy King. Ditullio is pictured at the Orlando rally held a few weeks ago by the National Socialist Movement. Apparently, there has been an ongoing feud between Patricia Wells and the neo-Nazi's who hang out at Ditullio's trailer in New Port Richey, Florida.
Ms. Wells claims that it was one of those Nazi's who stabbed her and a 17-year-old friend of her son even though the perpetrator was wearing a gas mask. Wells and Kristofer King, who remains in critical condition, were both stabbed multiple times. Wells believes that the crime took place because of the neo-Nazi's anger over the fact that she is dating an African-American man. Here is the story:
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Pasco man taken into custody after stabbings
Published March 23, 2006
NEW PORT RICHEY - The man who stabbed Patricia Wells in the face and hands early Thursday wore a gas mask, but she thinks she knows who did it - one of the neo-Nazis next door.
And the white, 45-year-old housekeeper says she knows why: because she dates a black man.
"I know who it was," she told a throng of reporters gathered at the scene Thursday, a long gash on her face and bandages on both hands. "I don't believe there's anyone else it could have been."
More than 13 hours after the masked man stabbed Wells and a 17-year-old family friend, a Pasco sheriff's SWAT team took a 20-year-old man into custody from a neighboring mobile home, where four swastikas and a Confederate flag flew out front. Sheriff's deputies described the single-wide home at 9321 Teak St. as a neo-Nazi hangout.
John A. Ditullio, 20, offered no resistance but had three guns and several knives nearby when SWAT officers entered the home, Pasco sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said.
Late Thursday, detective arrested Ditullio on unrelated charges of aggravated domestic battery, witness tampering and assault. Details on those charges were not available. He had not been charged in Thursday's attack as of 9 p.m., Tobin said.
Ditullio smiled as he was led to a patrol car Thursday afternoon.
"Some of the evidence we collected at the (stabbing) scene did lead up to the trailer where we served the search warrant this afternoon," Tobin said. "Fortunately, it ended peacefully."
Wells was released from the hospital Thursday. The other victim, 17-year-old Kristofer Guy King of Hudson, remained in critical condition late Thursday, Tobin said. King is a friend of Wells' 18-year-old son, who was not home at the time of the attack.
Tobin said it will be up to prosecutors to decide if the attack is a hate crime.
Authorities said the masked man knocked on Wells' door at 9325 Teak St. about 12:30 a.m. and moments later began stabbing her.
"I didn't know at that time what to do, if I should lie down and play dead or if I should get up and run," Wells told reporters. "My instincts told me if I had laid down and tried to play dead he definitely would have killed me.
"I was cornered between the futon and the dresser and he was stabbing me," she continued, "and he finished stabbing me and went after the boy."
Wells escaped and called for help.
The SWAT team arrived at 8:30 a.m. They obtained a search warrant but did not go into the mobile home next door until 1:45 p.m. About twelve blocks were cordoned off around the home during the standoff.
According to sheriff's reports, Wells and her neo-Nazi neighbors have been feuding since January.
Last week, both Wells and 34-year-old Christine Cristinzo, who lives next door, filed conflicting reports about men making threats with guns after trading words about Wells' black friend. Both reports were vague and no charges were filed.
On March 7, Wells told deputies several people next door yelled, "We're going to get you now. You're dead!" and smashed her front door with a chair. Her 18-year-old son said he heard a racial epithet.
"(Wells) advised she has had problems in the past with her next door neighbors due the to the fact she is dating an African-American male and the next door neighbors are neo-Nazis," a deputy wrote. He referred the case to detectives.
In January, Wells accused her neighbors of breaking several windows, but a deputy found insufficient evidence to file charges.
It is difficult to get a clear picture of how residents in Griffin Park feel about the neo-Nazis in their neighborhood. Several residents who were reluctant to give their names said the group frequently menaces the neighborhood with baseball bats.
Others shrugged off the swastikas.
"Hey, it's America. I don't agree with 'em, but I've seen worse," said Bo Coggins, who has lived in the neighborhood for 35 years. "I talked to them Nazis. They don't mess with nobody around here, to tell you the truth."
Times staff photographer Brenda Fitterer and Times researcher Lea Iadarola contributed to this report.