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Parkland school shooter's brother arrested for trespassing at Stoneman Douglas

Posted at 7:41 PM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-20 21:25:59-04

PARKLAND, Fla. — The brother of the man accused of killing 17 people was arrested on Monday for reportedly trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where his brother carried out his attack.

According to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report, Zachary Cruz, 18, trespassed on school grounds after being warned to keep away from the school. "Cruz surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds," the arrest report states.


Zachary's brother, Nikolas Cruz, confessed to the February 14 school shooting and faces the death penalty. Earlier this month, Cruz was formally charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree. 

Zachary reportedly stated that he was trespassing in order to "reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in," the affidavit states.

He has no ties to Broward County, the arrest report said.

During a bond hearing on Tuesday, Broward County Judge Kim Theresa Mollica set an unusually high $500,000 bond for Zachary and imposed a host of other restrictions. Typically, trespassing warrants a $25 bond.

"He is being held for who he is related to, not for anything he did," Joseph Kimok, who is representing Zachary Cruz, said at the bond hearing.

In addition to the high bond, Judge Mollica ordered Zachary Cruz to wear a GPS ankle monitor and stay away from schools — particularly Stoneman Douglas High — if he is released. Judge Mollica also ordered a search for weapons and ammunition at the home where he is living with a family friend and he is not to visit his brother in jail.