Could the FBI have stopped Nikolas Cruz?
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Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspect of the murder of 17 people at his former Florida high school, had scores of run-ins with law enforcement dating back to 2010 — with a report saying police officers responded to his home, more than 35 times in just six years.
Broward County Sheriff’s deputies received at least 36 emergency 911 calls from the 80th Terrace St., in the Park – the suburban address where the teen lived with his younger brother, Zachary, and their adoptive mother, Lynda, BuzzFeed reported.
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The conversations dating as far back as 2010 and run through to November 2016 – cast a light on two of the irregular and violent boys who repeatedly “threw items” were “out of control” and fought with their mother and each other on a seemingly regular basis.
“He is a deeply troubled young man, a child who has endured great loss,” Gordon Weekes, chief assistant Broward County public defender’s office, told reporters Thursday. “He fell between the cracks and we have to try to save him.”
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Despite repeated calls to the authorities, Cruz was never arrested and was actually cleared as ‘ no threat to anyone or himself,” as a therapist said in a police report of Sept. 28, 2016.
In particular, call the sheriff’s office said, Nikolas and his mother were fighting to be the paperwork needed for him to get an ID card
In their report, deputies detailed how the teenager had hurt himself and had talked about buying a gun.
“He had cut his arms, his mother said, to get attention, as he learned from an ex-girlfriend,” deputies said. “He has said in the past that he would like to purchase a firearm.”
The therapist on the scene, Jared Bienenfeld with Henderson Mental Health, and the delegates concluded there were “no signs of mental illness or criminal activity.”
And just as the calls for which were placed because of reasons, ranging from the brothers beating each other to Cruz, at the age of 12, threating his mother and calls her a “useless b****”enforcement of the law left without taking any further action.
A public information officer with the sheriff’s office could not verify the report from Fox News early Friday morning. The sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Cruz was never arrested until this Valentine’s Day, when he allegedly ran into marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a gas mask, smoke grenades and several magazines of ammunition for the firing of an AR-15 for students and teachers.
He was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday and is being held without bail.
In the aftermath of the attack, revelations about the teenager’s alarming warning signs appeared repeatedly missed — in spite of the cop discussions, a report of the FBI on the basis of a social media post, his former classmates expression of fear for him and a documented history of mental problems.
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“I think everyone in their mind, if everyone was going to do it, it would be him,” Victoria Olvera, a 17-year-old pupil of the school, told the Sun-Sentinel.
According to reports, Cruz and his brother have both suffered from psychological problems such as ADHD and OCD, and took medication as treatment. Cruz’s lawyer said Thursday her client was “a broken man” and the team was looking for an evaluation for autism. Nikolas had sought treatment in the Henderson mental Health Clinic and had previously attended a school for pupils with behavioural difficulties, BuzzFeed reported.
Despite these problems, Cruz was able to legally purchase the AR-15 he used in the mass shooting. Lawyer Jim Lewis told the Sun-Sentinel that the teenager is already in the possession of the gun when he moved in with his friend’s family around Thanksgiving, after his mother died last November.
“It was his gun,” Lewis said. “The family is to keep him in a locked gun cabinet in the house, but he had a key.”
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Trevor Hart, 16, who knew Cruz from his Spanish class at marjory Stoneman, told the Sun-Sentinel the alleged killer seemed “a bit off” and talked about the recording of lizards, squirrels and frogs.
Cruz was banned from marjory Stoneman last year for “disciplinary problems,” with a report to say bullets were discovered in his backpack at one point.
A teacher told the Miami Herald that Cruz was banned from entering the campus with a backpack.
Officials did not immediately say why Cruz was expelled from high school.
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A Instagram page apparently belonging to Cruz showed pictures of guns and knives. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that some of Cruz of the social media messages were “very disturbing.”
In addition, the FBI confirmed Thursday the agency received a tip last September about a disturbing YouTube comment by a user with the name “Nikolas Cruz”, that said: “I am going to a professional school shooter.”
Special Agent Rob Lansky, the leadership of the FBI Miami division, said the agency investigated the reaction, but said it could not identify the user who made the comment. He also said there was no connection found to the South of Florida.
“No other information is included in the response that would indicate a particular time, location or the true identity of the person who posted the comment,” the FBI said in a later statement.
Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos, Elizabeth Zwirz, Shira Bush, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang