A friend of Nicholas Cruz’s family, the teenage boy who murdered 17 people on February 14th in high school from which he was expelled in Florida, told the media on Tuesday that he had phoned the police three times to warn them that the young man was dangerous, a few weeks before the tragedy.
Rossan Desamab was a neighbor of Linda Cruz, Nicholas’ mother-in-law, and was closely associated with her until her death on November 1, due to pneumonia. “I had it as my mother,” he said.
When Linda died, Roxan hosted in her home for about a month Nicolas, 19, and his brother, Zahari, 18 years old today. On Tuesday, during a news conference in New York, Desbab explained that he had then forbidden Nicholas to bring the weapons he had in his house together with his own, except for bead-like replicas that he had asked him to lock in room of her adult son.
When she learned, after the young man had settled in her house, bought another weapon, she asked her 19-year-old son to call the police. The police officers who went to her house after hearing what she had to say explained to her that regardless of the behavioral and emotional or psychological issues that Nicholas had believed, the young man had the right to buy a legal weapon.
He also said that he was asking – without result – for Nicholas to take the medicine that had been given to him by his mother after the death of his mother. Asked about this, he did not specify what kind of formulations he was. Desbab also said he advised Nicholas Cruz to go to a psychotherapist, but he dismissed it. For her, there was no doubt: the young man was “mentally ill”.
Rossan Desampe called another two times to the police – the latter to denounce a violent quarrel between Nicholas Cruz and her older son, Rock.
“I did everything I could to warn law enforcement agencies of what could happen. I wanted to protect not only my own children but also every other person who was in danger of being harmed, “she said, reading from a written statement without being able to restrain her tears.
After Nicholas and Rock’s quarrel, Desbab called for the third time to the police and said he feared the young man would use his weapons against his family. Again, the police officers told her that something illegal had not happened.
Desbab told the young man that he had to choose: or stay with her, or his arms. “Choose weapons”. She insisted she could help him if she wanted to, “but I could not have him live in my house and my family at risk. I could not be afraid in my own home. ”
Nicholas then left definitively from Desbab’s home to settle in Sidd’s house, a couple living in Parcland, a few weeks before the massacre at Martzari Stoneman Douglas. One day before the carnival, Desbab said, Nicholas sent her a message on the cell phone. He said he was “worried about the dogs,” the woman said.
The 19-year-old confessed that he committed the high school massacre with the semi-automatic rifle rifle he bought legally. The prosecutors clarified that they would demand that the death penalty be imposed on Nicholas Cruz.