PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A former Pasco and Hernando deputy and his son are facing several felony charges in an apparent case of vigilantism gone bad.
Deputy Peter Ciucci and his son Nicholas Paul Tisevich-Ciucci went to the RaceTrac gas station on U.S. 19 at Little Road after a female relative was involved in a road rage incident with another driver.
Deputies said she had cut the other driver off, and they exchanged words and hand gestures before going their separate ways.
The man was allegedly sitting in his car at the gas station when he was confronted by Ciucci and his son.
“The older gentleman said ‘you threatened to kill my wife,” said the victim, who chose not to be identified for safety reasons.
The men began arguing, and the confrontation quickly turned physical.
“I dialed 911 and he [Peter Ciucci] smacked the phone out of my hand,” the victim said.
Ciucci and his son can be seen on video pulling the victim out of his truck and punching him in the head repeatedly. They knocked him to the ground and the beating continued.
“I thought that anything could happen at that point. To be honest, I didn’t know how that was going to end,” the victim said.
Deputies said Peter Ciucci placed the victim in a chokehold and strangled him from behind as the younger Ciucci sat on his back to hold him down. The ordeal lasted more than seven minutes, but the victim was able to walk away with only minor injuries.
“I’m very thankful that there’s video, because if there wasn’t video, it was going completely a different direction. It was going to be me going away in handcuffs,” the victim said.
Peter Ciucci was charged with burglary battery, tampering with a witness and false imprisonment. He’s being held on a $105,000 bond.
Nicholas Ciucci is charged with vehicle burglary, simple battery and false imprisonment. He’s being held on a $15,000 bond.
“You’re not above the law at no point in time even when you do wear the uniform,” the victim said.
Investigators have not determined whether they will charge the female driver.
WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON-