Bond set at $500,000 for Zachary Cruz

A judge set an unusually high bond and authorities are trying to restrict the brother of the Parkland school shooter, Zachary Cruz, from having access to guns after he was arrested for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Posted: Mar 23, 2018 3:07 AM
Updated: Mar 23, 2018 3:07 AM

Authorities are trying to restrict Zachary Cruz, the younger brother of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz, from having access to guns by using a new Florida law that passed in the aftermath of the school massacre.

Broward County Judge Jack Tuter on Wednesday granted a temporary risk protection order against the 18-year-old. The order prohibits Cruz from possessing or purchasing firearms or ammunition following his arrest Monday for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where his older brother killed 17 people.

A final risk protection order hearing is scheduled for April 3, when the judge will decide whether to bar Cruz from having guns for an extended period.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office sought the order on Tuesday using part of the new Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which went into effect earlier this month. The act lets law enforcement officers temporarily seize firearms from someone they're taking into custody for an involuntary mental health assessment.

On the same day, a judge set Cruz's bond at $500,000 for a misdemeanor trespassing charge and required a psychological evaluation. Cruz's defense attorney argued that his client was being punished for his brother's crime with a $500,000 bond for a charge that usually carries a $25 bond. The judge on Tuesday ruled that deputies can search Cruz's home in Lantana, Florida, for guns.

In the temporary order, Tuter noted that the sheriff's office did not allege that Cruz owns guns. However, based on the allegations, the court determined there was reasonable cause to believe Cruz would pose "a significant danger of causing personal injury to himself" if he were to obtain a gun or ammunition, according to the order.

Questions about after-school security

After his arrest, Cruz had told deputies that it was his third visit to the school since the February 14 shooting, prosecutors said. He said he entered school property to "see everything and take it all in," according to the order.

His claim raised questions about safety and security at Stoneman Douglas.

"It is sort of weird to think about it. Like, we have all this police on campus, and still he got on and was able to skateboard around like that," student Ryan LoFurno told CNN affiliate WSVN.

According to arrest records, Cruz had "surpassed all locked doors and gates" at the campus despite warnings not to enter by school officials, and was arrested around 4:50 p.m. Monday. He has no ties to Broward County, the arrest record noted. He told police he wanted to "reflect on the school shooting and soak it in."

"Next time he wants to go soak in stuff, he can come to my house," Andrew Pollack, whose daughter, Meadow, was killed in the school shooting, told WSVN. "I'm not focused on one individual. I'm focused on lots of individuals that shouldn't be allowed to go onto a school campus."

The school called parents with a message about new after-school security plans, WSVN reported.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday offered to provide extra security at the school after several unrelated incidents: A deputy was suspended for appearing to fall asleep on duty there, two students were charged for allegedly bringing weapons to campus, and another student for allegedly making a threat of violence on social media.

Zachary Cruz was ordered by the court to wear an ankle monitor. He has also been instructed to have no contact with Stoneman Douglas students or staff, to stay at least a mile away from the school and to have no contact with his brother.

What you should know about the March of Our Lives

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 86722

Reported Deaths: 1994
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin25264915
Ramsey10267314
Dakota6942124
Anoka5531131
Stearns362923
Washington345955
Scott232532
Olmsted223726
Nobles191416
Blue Earth15406
Wright14777
Carver13037
Rice12798
Mower12534
St. Louis123329
Clay119940
Sherburne105013
Kandiyohi9082
Winona72718
Lyon6244
Steele5062
Freeborn4903
Nicollet48716
Watonwan4844
Benton4793
Todd4722
Le Sueur4403
McLeod4332
Chisago4151
Waseca4118
Crow Wing40218
Otter Tail3674
Beltrami3624
Goodhue3179
Martin2809
Polk2574
Itasca25513
Becker2352
Carlton2261
Isanti2210
Douglas2191
Cottonwood2130
Pipestone2059
Pine1980
Morrison1841
Chippewa1821
Dodge1820
Sibley1663
Wabasha1640
Brown1582
Unassigned15752
Meeker1552
Murray1492
Yellow Medicine1421
Rock1390
Mille Lacs1333
Faribault1290
Cass1203
Jackson1201
Renville1176
Pennington1071
Houston1050
Roseau1050
Swift991
Fillmore980
Koochiching983
Kanabec958
Lincoln930
Redwood910
Stevens911
Pope810
Aitkin691
Hubbard650
Big Stone640
Wadena610
Grant574
Wilkin553
Norman510
Lake480
Marshall481
Mahnomen441
Red Lake370
Lac qui Parle360
Traverse290
Clearwater240
Lake of the Woods201
Kittson130
Cook60

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 76924

Reported Deaths: 1241
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk14988255
Johnson490727
Woodbury475459
Black Hawk425184
Linn3640102
Story321417
Dallas263238
Scott261427
Dubuque251840
Buena Vista191812
Pottawattamie189437
Marshall175234
Sioux12243
Wapello122057
Webster117914
Muscatine105152
Clinton102418
Cerro Gordo97721
Plymouth97520
Crawford9444
Warren9186
Jasper72032
Des Moines7137
Marion6874
Tama67830
Carroll6085
Lee5727
Wright5491
Henry5104
Dickinson4666
Bremer4497
Boone4346
Washington41411
Louisa41314
Franklin33017
Hamilton3123
Mahaska30919
Delaware3053
Jackson2803
Floyd2793
Winneshiek2745
Clay2663
Hardin2661
Benton2611
Clarke2533
Butler2512
Winnebago24711
Emmet24210
Shelby2381
Allamakee2355
Jones2313
Poweshiek2308
Clayton2243
Lyon2233
Buchanan2181
Cedar2101
Guthrie2095
Chickasaw1970
Kossuth1950
Grundy1932
Madison1922
Howard1764
Sac1760
Fayette1751
Iowa1741
Cherokee1732
Mitchell1720
Hancock1702
Humboldt1682
Harrison1642
Calhoun1612
Mills1541
Pocahontas1492
Palo Alto1480
Monroe1409
Page1400
Jefferson1291
Lucas1296
Cass1262
Monona1251
Taylor1171
Appanoose1163
Osceola1130
Union1123
Davis1104
Van Buren1081
Worth990
Keokuk841
Montgomery845
Greene790
Ida770
Wayne762
Fremont730
Adair591
Decatur580
Audubon501
Ringgold402
Adams270
Unassigned160
Rochester
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 42°
Mason City
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 47°
Albert Lea
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 46°
Austin
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 46°
Charles City
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 50°
Cooler to wrap up the work week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Candlelight vigil for Prisoners of War

Image

MC Masters National Championship Regatta

Image

Early voting begins in Minnesota

Image

Dooley's Pub closes due to health hazards

Image

Area athletic directors prep to welcome back sports

Image

TikTok Ban to Begin This Weekend

Image

Sara's Evening Forecast - Friday

Image

Cedar River Rendezvous still on

Image

Hurricane Waldorf distrupting classes

Image

Regional Economic recovery

Community Events