Fla. shooting suspect's brother arrested on probation violation
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The brother of the suspect in the Parkland high-school shooting is being accused of violating his probation for earlier trespassing at the school where the massacre occurred.
Palm Beach County jail records show Zachary Cruz was being held without bond today pending a transfer to neighboring Broward County for a court appearance that has not been scheduled. Cruz was arrested Tuesday on a Broward warrant.
The warrant says Nikolas Cruz's 18-year-old brother was stopped last week for driving without a license and was within 25 feet of the parking lot of a Lake Worth high school. Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.
Zachary Cruz is on six months' probation after pleading no contest in March for trespassing at the Parkland school. Deputies say they found Zachary Cruz riding his skateboard on campus March 19 about two hours after school had been let out. Officials say he had been told to stay away from the school, something his attorney on the trespassing charge, Joseph Kimok, denied.
As part of his probation, Zachary Cruz was ordered to stay at least a mile from Stoneman Douglas and to not enter any school unless enrolled. The brothers are both former Stoneman Douglas students.
Kimok said in an email today he has not yet been appointed to represent Cruz on the probation violation but he said he is "very concerned" about the Broward Sheriff's Office's conduct in this arrest. First, he said it is "very unusual" for a probation violation to be filed for driving without a license.
He also said Cruz is not banned from being near a school other than Stoneman Douglas.