Former HCSO Lieutenant and Son Face Several Felony Charges After Road Rage Incident
HUDSON (PASCO) – A former Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant and his son are facing several felony charges today, after officials say a road rage incident on US-19 led to their arrests.
According to officials, around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 51-year-old Peter Ciucci and his son, 25-year-old Nicholas Ciucci responded to the Racetrac gas station at US-19 and Little Road, after a “third party” called to complain about a road rage incident that began in Hernando County.
Upon their arrival, Peter, who owns Mermaid’s Towing in Spring Hill, and his son Nicholas began arguing with the victim. The confrontation turned physical when Peter noticed the victim attempting to call 911, so Peter proceeded to punch the victim through an open window. The victim dropped his cellphone and was unable to call 911.
The attack continued, when Peter and Nicholas grabbed the victim, pulled him out of the vehicle, and then began to punch him repeatedly in the head and face. Once on the ground, Nicholas sat on the victim while his father strangled him from behind.
Peter Ciucci is charged with Burglary Battery, Tampering with a Witness, and False Imprisonment. Peter is held on a $105,000 bond.
Nicholas is charged with Vehicle Burglary, Simple Battery, and False Imprisonment. Nicholas is held on $15,000 bond.
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