Judge sets bond at $500K for Florida school shooting suspect's younger brother
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Judge sets bond at $500K for Florida school shooting suspect's younger brother, who was arrested on trespassing charge.
The brother of the teen charged with killing 17 people at a Florida school was arrested Monday afternoon for trespassing at the same school, authorities said.
Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and charged with trespassing on school grounds, a Broward Sheriff's Office report said.
Authorities are seeking to have Zachary Cruz involuntarily committed and prohibited from possessing guns.
A Broward Sheriff's Office news release says the agency filed for a risk protection order against 18-year-old Zachary Cruz in circuit court Tuesday under a new "red flag law" that was just signed by the governor last week.
If a judge approves the request, Zachary Cruz would be hospitalized for a mental health evaluation and barred from acquiring firearms.
The teen was recorded by security cameras riding his skateboard at the school around 4:30 p.m. though he had received prior warnings from school officials to stay away from the campus, the report said.
Zachary Cruz told the arresting deputy that he was there to "reflect on the school shooting and to soak it in," according to the report. It added that the teen had "surpassed all locked doors and gates and proceeded to ride his skateboard through school grounds."
The youth's brother, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 14 shooting.