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Both suspects arrested in Polk home invasion, rape

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 10, 2013 at 01:56 PM

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Both suspects have been arrested in Monday's violent home invasion, armed burglary and sexual battery that occurred in Poinciana, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
 
Detectives arrested brothers Richard Delgado Cruz, 33, and Danny Delgado Cruz, 29, both of Kissimmee. Both are in the Polk County Jail.
 
Both face charges of armed robbery, armed burglary of an occupied dwelling, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and sexual battery.
 
Richard Cruz was arrested by deputies Thursday afternoon, and Danny Cruz was apprehended by Kissimmee police Thursday evening, the sheriff's office said.
 
They appeared before a judge Friday and were ordered held without bail.
 
"The two men responsible for these heinous crimes are now behind bars, which will hopefully give the victims some solace," Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said Friday. "We hope the Cruz brothers spend the rest of their lives in prison for what they've done."
 
The Cruz brothers, armed with guns and a machete, approached a 20-year-old man about 11 p.m. Monday while he stood outside his parents' house talking on his phone, then forced him inside, deputies said.
 
Once inside, they forced the man to tie up his father with ropes and electrical cords, deputies said.
 
The brothers then took turns raping the mother, deputies said. Afterward, they placed bleach in a contact lens bottle and emptied it on the woman as a body wash, Judd and investigators said.
 
"Apparently they've been watching too much television," Judd said. "The bleach was an effort to do away with evidence."
 
The men demanded money and jewelry, ransacked the residence and stole about $500 in cash and about $4,500 worth of jewelry, investigators said.
 
“One of the most violent, one of the most ruthless attacks that we've seen in a very long time,” Judd said Thursday.
 
Investigators said they tracked the vehicle used in the crime to the Cruz brothers and inside it found the machete, a black bag used in the crime and a comforter taken from residence.
 

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