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Man thought to be a 'Lutz Boy' charged in slashing at keg party

By BILL COATS

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 25, 2000


LUTZ -- With each serious arrest of so-called Lutz Boyz, deputies optimistically suggest that the latest case finally may sober the youths into calming down.

Then comes another arrest.

The latest Lutz Boy incident happened when an apartment keg party disintegrated into a brawl early Sunday morning. When it was over, deputies were hunting for Lutz Boy Jarrett Brock, on charges he viciously slashed two men with a knife, nearly severing the left ear of one.

In the process, deputies also arrested James Hubbard, 19, of 15530 N Nebraska Ave.

"He was just part of the crowd there," said Sgt. Rod Reder, spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. "For whatever reason, that he knew Brock or whatever, he was detained and questioned and was found to have marijuana and a concealed weapon."

Two years ago, Hubbard was one of a dozen young men accused of ransacking the home of a gay man on Sunrise Drive. Hubbard was classified as a juvenile, so the disposition of his case is private.

Deputies say that was the most public incident by the Lutz Boyz, a group that previously was known for graffiti and errant vandalism.

Lately, Hubbard has had repeated encounters with the law, jail records show.

He was charged in November with having marijuana in Lutz. He was charged in March and May with driving under the influence. He was charged in May and July with driving with a suspended license. And Hubbard's arrest Sunday morning came only 22 hours after he was arrested in Ybor City in connection with a fight. He had been out of jail for only 14 hours.

Brock, 19, of 17814 Rivendel Road, is the key witness in a murder case against fellow Lutz Boy Mike Fuqua.

Fuqua is accused of fatally stabbing a serviceman during a bar brawl in Ybor City in March. Another Lutz Boy, Jamie McCullough, told police he was involved in the fighting but didn't see the stabbing. Brock, who wasn't in Ybor City, told detectives he loaned a knife to Fuqua that day, and Fuqua later told him he had stabbed the man.

Fuqua, Brock and McCullough are charged together with an apartment burglary last December off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The case is being prosecuted in tandem with the murder.

Since the murder, Brock has been charged with two violent attacks. He was arrested in May on charges he broke a man's jaw in Lutz's McDonalds. Then he was charged in Sunday's slashing.

Brian Blanton, who suffered the worst cuts, told his mother that more than 100 people had gathered for the keg party at Collegiate Hall, near Bearss and Livingston avenues.

The party turned ugly after a motorist hit another car in the parking lot and someone began spraying Mace, said Blanton's mother, Ruthe Blanton-Boyce.

Deputies reported that Brock decided to attack Blanton and another man, believing they were from Land O'Lakes. Both are from Tampa, but Blanton grew up in Land O'Lakes.

Blanton received some 500 stitches to his face and ear at nearby University Community Hospital. The top of his left ear had to be reattached. Shannon Hudson was cut on the left side of his neck, but refused treatment at St. Joseph's Medical Center.

Deputies searched for Brock on Sunday, and found him Monday morning in Lutz, Reder said.

"This guy's just out of control," he said. "The system's going to catch up with him."

- Bill Coats can be reached at (813) 226-3469 or coats@sptimes.com.

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