Officials Arrest Parkland School Shooter's Brother For Trespassing Onto School Grounds

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Posted: Mar 19, 2018 7:55 PM
Officials Arrest Parkland School Shooter's Brother For Trespassing Onto School Grounds

Broward County Sheriffs' officials on Monday arrested 18-year-old Zachary Cruz, the brother of the Parkland school shooter, for trespassing onto Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Palm Beach Post reported.

According to deputies, Zachary bypassed locked gates and doors and rode his skateboard across school grounds. Arrest records say Zachary wanted to “reflect on the school shooting and soak it in."

From the arrest records:

On March 19, 2018 at 1630hrs, the defendant Zachary Cruz, unlawfully entered the school grounds of Stoneman Douglas High School and committed the crime of trespassing on school grounds after prior warnings by school officials to refrain from entering the school campus. Defendant Cruz surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds. Defendant Cruz stated that he unlawfully entered the school property to "Reflect on the school shooting and soak it all in" referring to the school shooting. At this current time, Defendant Cruz has no ties to Broward County. The trespassing was captured on CCTV. Victim will prosecute.

The Sheriffs' office says Zachary had no connection to Broward County before the Parkland shooting. He resided in the Lantana, Florida-area, which is about 40 miles north of Parkland in Palm Beach County, along with his brother and a family friend, Rocxanne Deschamps.

Not long after the Valentine's Day shooting, Zachary was put under a mental health observation after making comments about not wanting to be alive.

"I don't want to be alive. I don't want to deal with this stuff," Zachary allegedly Deschamps after hearing about the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Although he denied wanting to cause harm to himself or others, he was put under observation as a precaution.

Zachary Cruz faces trespassing charges, WPLG-TV reported.