Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Brothers arrested in brutal Polk County home invasion

POINCIANA — Two brothers have been arrested in Monday's home invasion where suspects armed with guns and a machete forced a 20-year-old man to tie up his father, then raped his mother and poured bleach on her.

"This was so horrific that it should stir the inner soul of everyone in the community," Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said.

On Thursday, both men authorities said committed the crime were arrested. They are Richard Delgado Cruz, 33, and Danny Delgado Cruz, 29, both of Kissimmee. They each face felony counts including sexual battery and armed robbery.

The brothers have extensive criminal pasts, including the arrest of Richard Cruz in a 2000 Pinellas County killing. Both served time in state prison.

In Monday's episode, the Lakeland Ledger reported, masked men approached the 20-year-old while he stood outside a house in the Central Florida community talking on a phone and forced him inside, where his mother and father live. The men demanded money and jewelry.

The mother came out of the bathroom after having taken a shower, Judd said. The men took turns raping her and then washed her with bleach, he said — an attempt to erase evidence.

The suspects left with about $500 in cash, the sheriff said.

The elder brother was arrested at his Kissimmee home. The younger brother climbed out a window, but was captured later, authorities said.

In 2000, Richard Cruz was charged with second-degree murder in a Pinellas homicide case. Investigators said Cruz, who was 20 at the time, stabbed 42-year-old Geremias Camacho Jr. to death in a Lealman-area apartment.

Two years later, Cruz pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years in prison with credit for time already served in jail, court records state. He was released from prison in April 2008.

Danny Cruz was sentenced to about three years in prison in a battery and robbery case from Largo. He was released in 2006.

Records show he later returned to prison, sentenced to a about a year in a Tampa drug case. He was released in 2009.

News researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Brothers arrested in brutal Polk County home invasion 05/09/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, wires.

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108
  2. Fennelly: About time Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    It's Andy's time.

    And it's about time.

    Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. He had been eligible since 2009, a ridiculously long wait for someone who scored 640 goals, including a record 274 on the power play.

    LEFT: Dave Andreychuk talks at the podium as he is honored with a statue in front of the now-Amalie Arena.
  3. British government says 75 out of 75 buildings failed fire safety tests


    LONDON — Britain on Monday confronted a rapidly growing fire safety crisis after tests of the exterior cladding on dozens of public housing towers revealed a 100 percent failure rate, raising fears that this month's deadly inferno in London could be repeated elsewhere.

    Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali, presents his first Chrono-Hologram in Paris, France, in 1973. A Spanish judge on Monday June 26, 2017, has ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed following a paternity suit by a woman named by Europa Press agency as Pilar Abel, 61 from the nearby city of Girona. Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealism in art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres. [Associated Press]
  4. Man convicted of second-degree murder in killing of Baby Doe, his girlfriend's daughter


    BOSTON — A man was convicted Monday of murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shore of a Boston Harbor island.

    Michael McCarthy’s friend Michael Sprinsky, far left, gets a hug from sister Laura Sprinsky after McCarthy is found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Bella Bond, who became known as Baby Doe.
  5. Rays make Hechavarria trade official


    Here is the release from the team ...