Brother of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz arrested in Florida for probation violation

Arturo Kim
May 3, 2018

Zachary Cruz was previously arrested for allegedly trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where his 19-year-old brother, Nikolas Cruz, allegedly opened fire on students and faculty on Valentine's Day. He had been repeatedly warned by police to stay away from the school but had ignored those instructions.

Zachary Cruz had been placed on probation for six months after trespassing at Douglas high.

Zachary Cruz, 18, was booked into the Palm County Detention Center just before 7 p.m. on a warrant for his arrest, jail records show. A non-profit organization is now saying the brother of Parkland mass shooter Nikolas Cruz is suing law enforcement for how his case was handled when he was arrested in March 2018. Lowry filed a notice of appearance and entered a written not guilty plea on behalf of Zachary Cruz on Wednesday.

He was also ordered to wear a Global Positioning System monitor and to remain at least a mile away from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas campus. "They allege that Zach went within 25 feet of a school - but that wasn't a condition we agreed to at his plea".

The Broward County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on Kimok's statement. Authorities said he was driving a vehicle without a license and found within 25 feet of a school.

The warrant indicates two possible violations of the probation order: One related to not breaking the law in general and another that Cruz avoid school campuses.

His older brother, Nikolas Cruz, 19, faces numerous charges, including murder, for the shooting.

Zachary Cruz's lawyers said their client was tortured by deputies and that his civil rights were violated. Prosecutors said they are seeking the death penalty. The group claimed in an email news release that Zachary Cruz's rights are being violated and he has been subjected to "intimidation" exclusively because of the identity of his brother.

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