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Former HCSO Lt., Son, Captured on VIDEO Attacking Driver After Road Rage Incident, Third Person Could Face Charges

HUDSON (PASCO) – Yesterday, RNRF broke the news of a former Hernando County Sheriff’s Lieutenant’s arrest, after a road rage incident occurred between the Peter Ciucci, his son, Nicholas Ciucci, and the victim, Christopher Olk of New Port Richey.

Pasco County Capt. James Steffens spoke to reporters today and provided surveillance video of the incident that occurred at the RaceTrac gas station on US-19 in Hudson.

video shows Peter and Nicholas attacking the victim and holding him on the ground for approximately 7 minutes until Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene.

Capt. Steffens explains that the female involved in the incident is a suspect and charges could be filed against her for causing the incident, and possibly battery, after she placed her hands on the victim during the incident.

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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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CORRECTION: Our video states Lt. James Steffans but his correct title is Capt. James Steffens. Our apologies.

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  • These are the people that make cops (and cows apparently) look bad. Sounds like the entire family has major issues. They truly sound and act like trailer trash. Great reporting Tom.

    Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 7:36 pm
  • Good thing the victim didn’t throw popcorn.It would have been stand your ground justifiable bang bang.Then go get a”lawyer”,postpone it forever,and keep on getting your pension until you die….

    Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 12:00 pm
  • if these two did it alone there would be no need to call the sheriff..probably the coroner instead…but 2 wanna-bes ganging up…wrong…call the cops when you got there and follow him if necessary getting tag number…wasn’t doing anything to your heifer…er wife…when you got there…so cuicci;s you are wrong…no pass on jail…good luck being someone;s bitch now

    Saturday, 30 December 2017, 7:27 pm
  • I think maybe the IRS should check Pete out for shady business practices.

    Saturday, 30 December 2017, 6:19 pm
    • And while they are at it they can check all of your relatives and friends and the rest of the tax payers. Everyone does their best to pay as little as possible. If you think we believe that you don’t look for as many write offs as possible….then you are crazier than this statement you have wrote

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 7:09 pm
    • Ciucci, a 19-year veteran of the agency, will serve in the operations bureau in District 2, which covers Spring Hill. Power will serve in District 1, which covers the rest of the county except for the city of Brooksville.

      Earlier in his career, Ciucci worked as a traffic and patrol deputy. In 1996, he received the Medal of Valor, the agency’s top honor, after a shootout with murder suspect Jimmy Dale Smith. Ciucci wounded Smith, who was caught shortly afterward and later convicted in the shooting deaths of two Hernando High School teachers.

      Ciucci later worked as a detective, specializing in auto theft. He formed the agency’s first gang investigations division, then served as a sergeant in patrol and criminal investigations. He has twice been tapped for Deputy of the Year and earned a Medal of Commendation in 2008.

      From 1990 to 1994, he worked as a corrections officer for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 8:05 pm
      • HIs credentials just go to show that he knew better than to do what he did. I have not one bit of respect for that jerk, his son or his obese wife any more.

        Saturday, 30 December 2017, 8:56 pm
        • Aww e he must have got you or one of yours… Or as that a hint of envy…what that shows is he knew what he was doing and the media does not yet have all the facts. Tom can only go by what he is told of.

          Saturday, 30 December 2017, 11:29 pm
          • following someone 10 miles and not calling police or just simply not turning off the road shows that she was not in fear so therefore youre screwed. might as well take the first plea offered and move on because youve become an embarrassment.

            Sunday, 31 December 2017, 11:14 am
      • And your point is?? His attack on an innocent citizen, and bullying with the help of his son and rather large wife, just shows you what he really is!! You want to give them a free pass? Just makes it bad for the GOOD DECENT COPS . Lock them all up and prosecute to the fullest extent of the Law, PERIOD.

        Saturday, 30 December 2017, 9:52 pm
      • Thank you for the kind words The Honorable Peter ciucci and the rest of his family HAVE SERVED THIS COMMUNITY FOR OVER 25 YEARS AND NOW YOU’RE POINTING FINGERS…
        Road rage is very scary I’ve been through it many times myself especially while visiting Spring Hill.
        There shouldn’t be any name-calling but I just have to say you backwards ignorant hillbilly redneck assholes, just because your ignorance and your driving abilities are incompetent and because you are a gun Toten Cowboy you think you could cause such havoc and for the rest of you name-calling….
        SHAME ON YOU…..

        Wednesday, 3 January 2018, 3:47 pm
        • Honorable my ass! They have leached off of the people of the county for years is more like it. Pete, Melissa, Nick…knock off the posting about what you want people to think you are like. Those of us who know you all know what a bunch of low life, self serving butt wipes you really are.

          Sunday, 7 January 2018, 3:29 pm
  • probably put his buisness up for bail the guy is a scumbag some former cop hope the victim gets justice

    Saturday, 30 December 2017, 4:12 pm
    • Sounds like a jealousy former co worker who was passed up for the job that Pete qualified for. Sorry you are still so bitter over being loser.

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 7:11 pm
      • There is no reason to be jealous of this violent man who used to wear a badge. No reason at all. Look at him and his wife. Ewww, just ewwww.

        Sunday, 31 December 2017, 8:21 am
  • So they guy cut her off in traffic? Gave her “the finger”? Called her a fat B—-? So what? You get on the phone and call “your goons” to come and beat him up? What a bunch of trash…………..and we call it road rage. HA, it’s thuggery plain and simple.

    Saturday, 30 December 2017, 10:17 am
    • Really Sally? You just wish you had someone to call….someone who cares enough to come to your aid.

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 7:13 pm
  • Pete if all these blogs are true.And your son is a bastard child and your daughter is titie dancing and your wife is a Ho.And Mermaid towing is a has been.You just might want to not post bail and stay were you belong……..js

    Saturday, 30 December 2017, 8:29 am
    • Key word if…if any of these things are true. You know it’s not and you know the old saying….it’s lonely at the top. Unfortunately, when you’re in a position of authority and you have to arrest so many low life’s….you will have enemies….and all their low life family and friends will blame the authority figure (pete) for their failures and/or wrong doings. Pete helped in this county for many years. So Pete if you are reading this…you know who your friends are and it’s not the low lifes you put away…it’s those who’s life you changed through mentoring. People like myself who you were able to get me restitution for a car that i was sold (that was a stolen car that i was unaware of) by one of these losers who have so much to say. Pete, it’s the better people who matter. People who are not losers and respect and appreciate you for all you have done.

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 7:28 pm
  • Two former deputies and her son involved here. Melissa (the tubby one) retired from HCSO on a mental disability. Now we see why. I think all three need to go have their heads and blood examined.
    Book ’em Danno.

    Saturday, 30 December 2017, 5:12 am
  • Who wants to bet the dumba** wife called her husband (Former Lt. Ciucci) and LIED about what happened. Probably implying the individual verbally or physically threatened her and he then reacted the way he did. She is the REAL problem.

    Saturday, 30 December 2017, 3:45 am
  • These two idiots need to spend a year in jail wearing former deputy shirt. Afterwards, shootem, hangem, case closed.

    Saturday, 30 December 2017, 3:30 am
  • Tom. I really like the Pasco sheriff. No nonsense. Good write Tom. Hope this guy arms himself in the future.

    Saturday, 30 December 2017, 2:00 am
  • Give him life , that was a dirty lying cop that took a lot of innocent people to jail in hernando county!! Ruined my life at 14 years old forever!! History of being a scumbag gets his karma!!!

    Saturday, 30 December 2017, 12:17 am
    • Of course you don’t like him…he arrested your punk ass and you still won’t owe up to it. Guess you have to blame someone . so what about the judge…he need up your life also

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 8:51 pm
  • This guy and his wife assaulted me at the Golden Corral in Spring Hill last year. His wife engaged me over dropping a roll on the ground and started cursing at me because I didn’t pick it up in a timely manner. When I asked her what the hell was wrong with her, she threatened to put her foot in my ass and her husband who I know now to be Peter Ciucci got in my face threatening to kick my ass in the middle of the restaurant because he said no one talks to his wife the way I did.Funny how when I called the so to report the assault. The two left the restaurant but not before I was able to obtain their tag number.The responding deputy after already having the tag number was dismissive of the incident and said nothing occurred here.I told the deputy I was aware of the statute and that i wanted to file a complaint but was talked out of it by the responding deputy.I figured he was current or former law Enforcement.Real dirt bags.Seems as though the deputy was just covering for his boy.

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 11:50 pm
  • Man!!!!!!!!!! Pete it’s gonna be hard to lie your way out of this one.. Just Sayin.. there’s really something to say for Video.. You know the song ..Video killed the rotten cop errrr I mean radio star.. Does anybody in the Hernando Co Sheriffs office even like you anymore.. You just made the whole department look like hot stinky poop!!!

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 10:46 pm
  • IF THIS GETS SWEPT UNDER THE RUG, IT SHOULD HIT NATIONAL NEWS You can only get away with bad things for so long, ( even a former or present cop) The Blue Wall of silence has to stop. BTW that is no LADY, real ladies don’t act like that. Shame on bystanders for not stopping this. Hope the victim gets his justice!!

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 10:33 pm
  • The Ciccuis should all be in jail. How can you work for law enforcement and have that type of morale? HCSO protected him and threw away all the investigations he was under because it would just make them look worse than they did as an agency. It’s quite pathetic the same people that were on the line with him have nothing good to say about him and show no remorse by his bad decisions. Hopefully justice will be serverd for ths victim because he got away scratch free with all the other victims he caused harm to in his tenure in HSCO. THANK YOU PCSO.

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 10:28 pm
    • Actually quite a few of us have great things to say. In fact, many of us are still very good friends and see each other for get togethers. Our families are all very close. That said who do you have in your arsenal of friends? We do not have to discuss our relationships on the internet to know who and what are important to us….we all know we are here for each other and of course we never expect the losers to comprehend anything about loyalty and honor

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 8:58 pm
      • So we are all losers because we watched a video of ex cop beating and choking a person and don’t believe he is above the law. Never been arrested for anything, so have no axe to grind. YOU are as arrogant as he is if you think he did nothing wrong. He and his son and wife need to be put in jail. They left their HONOR when they attacked this man. I can’t believe anyone would defeND their unlawful actions. Oh well, takes all kinds.

        Saturday, 30 December 2017, 10:15 pm
  • Tom,

    I thought the victim didn’t want to be identified? That’s what I’m seeing everywhere else.

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 9:25 pm
  • I just watched the video and it really pisses me off that all the bystanders standing around watching and not one of them tried to help the guy,WTH! Also it looked like the lady hit the victim while he was on the ground.Those were some real brave guys,one holding him down while the other one beat on him.makes me sick

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 8:50 pm
  • Both men and the woman should be locked up.
    They are all three COWARDS!!!


    Friday, 29 December 2017, 8:15 pm
  • Damn Peter!! I Just read The other Reply’s Just to see that The HEIFER in the Picture is your wife? WTF You Should have bought the guy lunch for Doing what you should have Done to Her 100LBS AGO! You must really Hate your Penis : )

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 8:08 pm
  • What did the man do to bring about such aggression? Sure, we should all be above responding with violence, but I’m assaulted by idiots in cars so often, I tend to want to wait for more evidence before drawing any conclusions. Just saying….

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 8:06 pm
  • Does anyone know if Pete or his son got out of jail?

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 8:05 pm
    • I could not even find record of their arrest on PSO’s website.

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 3:30 am
  • It’s a Damn shame that the victim Did not carry a gun! But I Bet he will Soon : )

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 7:55 pm
    • Exactly. Try reaching in my car window to assault me, you’ll be lying on the ground in a pool of blood

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 8:48 am
  • One word…SCUM!!!
    Let’s run em’ outta town!!!
    His FAT wife is a HO!!!
    That KID is A BASTARD!!
    Mermaid towing is DONE!!
    I HOPE he gets GANG RAPED in prison, that little sissy BIOTCH BOY!!!

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 7:49 pm
    • I assume by “knee-high” you are referring to Sheriff Nienhuis? Former Lt. Ciucci was with the sheriff’s office since Mylander was Sheriff. That was back in the mid 90’s, Einstein. He parted ways shortly after Nienhuis was brought in as Sheriff.

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 3:34 am
      • probably cause he knew his dirt ways and days would be over soon

        Saturday, 30 December 2017, 7:25 pm
      • How did u know my name???

        Saturday, 30 December 2017, 8:47 pm
  • Well Tom, you gave the public what you said you would and in the timely fashion in which you said you would. I don’t think any of the people that always talk negative about you and not producing what you said you would shouldn’t have a complaint in the World…..Real News,Real Fast…that’t what you promised and that’s what you provided. Keep up the great work and I can’t wait for you to put a link on RNRF so people that want to donate to your cause can do so without having to give a percentage of the gifts going to someone who is simply accepting the donations from people who really care and you and all of your fine work!

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 7:36 pm
  • This is why you just let bad driving go, contact the sheriff and let them handle it. Even a little instigation, you might be dealing with a really crazy person that has more crazy acquaintance that like this. People arent right in the head.

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 7:28 pm
  • Well the video shows the victim getting quite the beating. Former law enforcement should know better than to take law into own hands. Should have told “whoever” called him about this to call 911 now she (hopefully) will be charged also! Lock the 3 of them up, troublemakers & bullies!

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 7:15 pm
  • Karma finally making a visit to Peters life. It’s been known he always thought who he was and was above the law, looks some medications are taking control of his life now. What about all the things he didn’t get arrested for that was thrown under the rug? It’s a good thing he drove that extra 2 miles to Pasco cause HSCO would of just giving him another dumb medal.

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 6:53 pm
    • @ Jeff It’s sad that you are so
      judgemental which only makes it obvious that you are have some kind of jealousy issues going on, I wouldn’t test karma like you just did, sometimes just saying what you just say will put you in a similar situation, in which you will have to make a choice how far would you go to
      Protect the ones you love,

      Saturday, 30 December 2017, 3:11 pm
  • Gotta be careful who you smart off too.

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 6:53 pm
  • I cant see the wife’s face real well, but she’s a real heifer isn’t she? I’m so sorry that this happened to to this gentleman. I hope that he gets Justice and that the justice system will take care of these two thugs. I doubt it will happen since he’s a former LEO but we can hope.

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 6:42 pm
  • its a shame they werent gunned down for assaulting the guy.

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 6:34 pm

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 6:06 pm
  • Animals…

    Friday, 29 December 2017, 5:46 pm

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