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Published On: Wed, May 2nd, 2018

Parkland shooter’s brother, Zachary Cruz, arrest for probation violations

Police have arrested Zachary Cruz, the younger brother of Parkland, Florida, school shooter Nikolas Cruz, for violating the terms of his probation.

Zachary Cruz was booked Tuesday night into Palm Beach County Jail for violating his probation on April 28: driving a Kia SUV without a driver’s license and being close to a school where he was not enrolled.

The warrant said he was about 25 feet from the west parking lot of Park Vista Community High School in Lake Worth, Florida.

A Broward County sheriff’s deputy was listed as the witness the violations on the arrest documents.

Zachary Cruz

Cruz was arrested March 19 on a misdemeanor trespassing charge at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where his brother, Nikolas Cruz, fatally shot 17 people on February 14.

After his arrest, the younger Cruz told police he wanted to “reflect on the school shooting and soak it in.”

At a March 29 court hearing, Zachary Cruz was sentenced to six months probation.

He was also ordered to wear a GPS monitor and to remain 1 mile away from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas campus.

He was forbidden from having any contact with victims or family members of the February 14 mass shooting.

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