Suspect arrested for ‘horrific' Polk County rape & home invasion, search still for second suspect

POINCIANA, Fla. - Polk County Sheriff deputies have made an arrest in a brutal home invasion and robbery in Poinciana, but one suspect is still on the run.

During a news conference Thursday, Sheriff Grady Judd announced they arrested Richard Cruz and are seeking the public's help locating his brother, Danny Cruz.

See a picture of Danny and video of Richard's arrest in the video player above.

"It was one of the most violent, ruthless attacks we have seen in a long time," Judd said Thursday.

Monday night around 11:00 p.m., a young man was approached on the street in Poinciana around the corner of Puffer Court and Halibut Road.  He was forced into his home by two men.

According to Polk County investigators, while inside, the men tied up the young man and his father and demanded cash.

At that same time, the young man's mother came out from the shower.  That is when robbery turned to rape.

"They take her into another room, and with a gun to her head," Judd said, "while the son and father are tied up, viscously sexually battered her."

But the horror for the woman would not stop there.

Judd continued, "Before they left, they did a complete body wash of the victim with bleach."

During the news conference Thursday, Judd said a suspicious truck located near the crime scene helped them locate the suspects.

In a twisted turn of events, the truck actually belonged to the suspects, but it was reported stolen.

When deputies went to question Richard about the truck, Danny ran from the home.

Inside the truck, investigators found a comforter, machete, gloves and several other items linking the truck to the attack.

Neighbors in that Poinciana community are still on edge. ABC Action News spoke with one woman, Sharine, who was noticeably shaken to hear this crime happened so close to where her family lives.


"That's really scary for me and I know the other women out here," she said. "I hope they catch the other guy."


"We want both of them in prison for the rest of their lives," Judd said.

Judd said a gun is still missing and Danny is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

If you see Danny, call 911.


Information can also be provided anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.8477, or by visiting or visit  iPhone users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime.  To install the free app, search for "TipSoft" or "TipSubmit" at the Apple App Store.

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