Nikolas Cruz’s Brother Arrested for Allegedly Trespassing at Stoneman Douglas
The brother of accused Parkland school shooting gunman Nikolas Cruz has been arrested for allegedly trespassing on the school grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to police.
Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19, after he allegedly rode his skateboard through school grounds, reported ABC News, citing an arrest report.
According to the arrest report, Zachary told authorities that he was there to “reflect on the school shooting and soak it in.” He had previously been warned by authorities to stay away from the school, according to NBC 7.
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie told Sun Sentinel that there was no breach of school security at the time of the alleged trespassing. He said the school gates were opened at the time to allow students to enter and leave the school for after-school activities. The gates were locked during school hours, he added.
“It wasn’t some breach of security,” Runcie told the newspaper. “He came through whatever gate was open at the time. Somebody spotted him and reported him to BSO. They responded quickly.”
“It’s kind of odd, and I understand it does creep people out,” the superintendent added.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is where 17 people were killed when Nikolas Cruz open fired at the school on Feb. 14.
Nikolas, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. A not guilty plea was entered by the judge on his behalf on March 14 on each of the 34 counts he faces because the 19-year-old chose not to announce his plea out of respect for the victims’ families.
His attorney Assistant Public Defender Melisa McNeill said that Nikolas would plead guilty if prosecutors waived the death penalty, which they refused to do.
Zachary was reportedly living with family friends in Palm Beach County when his older brother went on a shooting spree on Valentine’s Day, reported NY Post.
He was booked into Broward Sheriff’s Office jail and his bond was set at $25.