Poinciana, FL – Just before 11 pm Monday night, a home within the vicinity of Puffer Court and Halibut Road was invaded by two criminal suspects.
Two masked men, armed with guns and a machete, approached a 20-year-old resident just outside of the home.
Based on the family’s account, the intruders charged in and ordered the young man to tie up his father with extension cords. Thereafter, the burglars bound the young man and sadistically took turns threatening and sexually assaulting his mother.
In an attempt to expunge physical evidence of the rape, the woman was saturated in bleach. Before leaving the home, the men ransacked the master bedroom and took a five-gallon container full of change, $500 in cash, and jewelry.
The suspects were described as Spanish speaking males in their mid-20s to mid-30s, one 5’8″ and the other is 6’1″, wearing dark pants and gray hoodies.
Both men were eventually taken into custody by deputies several hours apart from one another on Thursday. The brothers, 33-year-old Richard Delgado Cruz and 29-year-old Danny Delgado Cruz, were arrested and charged in the home invasion and sexual battery.
Leading up to the break-in and assault, the siblings had been out and about in search of scrap metal to sell. After the attack, they abandoned a stolen F-150 truck nearby, leaving the machete and a comforter taken from the home inside. Police processed the available evidence.
The Cruz brothers will face felony charges – one count of armed robbery, one count of armed burglary of an occupied dwelling, one count of a felon in possession of a weapon, and one count of sexual battery, according to WTSP News.
The penalties against the two men may be enhanced with the consideration of their past indiscretions. The Ledger reports, the two brothers have extensive criminal histories. Richard Cruz had been arrested in a homicide by the in 2000. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was released from prison in 2008. Prior to that, Richard had been accused in a 1996 home invasion robbery. Danny’s priors consist of various charges of drug possession, battery, burglary, and grand larceny.
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