breaking news

Bill Cosby found guilty in sexual assault trial

No bond for juveniles charged as adults in Lake Worth killings


EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story identified a fifth juvenile as being charged as an adult in the killings. Only four of the five juveniles have been charged as adults.

-

A judge ordered four teenagers, who are charged as adults, to be held with no bond Saturday morning after they were arrested in connection to two murders in Lake Worth and a series of armed robberies.

Edwin Manzanarez, 17, Victor Hernandez Castro, 17, Henry Joel Cardoza, 16, and Jorge Santos Cruz, 17, each face charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm. They were booked Friday night into the Palm Beach County Jail, where Saturday’s hearing took place.

Victor Fuentes, 20, was arrested last month in the killings as was a 17-year-old who has not been charged as an adult.

RELATED: After killings and gunfire, a Lake Worth community reveals fear, anger

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the teens are linked to several armed robberies in the Lake Worth area and are suspects in homicides that took place on Oct. 30 and Nov. 5. All live in the country illegally and all could face deportation, sheriff authorities said at a news conference on Nov. 21.

The juveniles also may be linked to the Latino gang MS-13, whose members are known to target landscapers or farm workers who are paid in cash and do not have legal U.S. immigration documents.

Authorities started their investigation into the teens after a man was shot near the hip Oct. 29 close to the intersection of Third Avenue North and North E Street. The victim told deputies that he was walking home when an SUV pulled up next to him, and six people — one of them armed — got out of the car and robbed him. The gunman then shot him on the left side of his lower back and fled the scene with the others. The victim was rushed to a hospital in West Palm Beach and underwent “life-saving” surgery, authorities said.

A day later, on Oct. 30, Lucio Velaquez-Morales, 33, was shot to death in front of a house on South H Street, and six days later on Nov. 5, Octavio Sanches-Morales, 22, was robbed and killed on South F Street.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

LATEST: Third man arrested in 2016 Lantana home invasion
LATEST: Third man arrested in 2016 Lantana home invasion

A third man has been arrested for allegedly taking part in two 2016 home invasion robberies in Lantana, according to a police report. Reginald Vilsaint, 21, of Greenacres is facing six counts of home invasion with a firearm and is being held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail. Vilsaint and two Lake Worth men — Raul Gongora Jr., 22, ...
NEW: Boca will have public discussion on Mayor Haynie post-arrest plan
NEW: Boca will have public discussion on Mayor Haynie post-arrest plan

Boca Raton leaders and employees haven’t heard from Mayor Susan Haynie since her felony arrest, yet she hasn’t resigned from Boca’s top spot . So what happens to city business? “I guess you can kind of liken it to if she were on vacation,” city spokeswoman Chrissy Gibson said. “It&rsquo...
Jupiter’s Cinquez Park for dogs set to open by June
Jupiter’s Cinquez Park for dogs set to open by June

The new 13-acre Cinquez Park on Jupiter’s Indiantown Road is scheduled to open within the next couple of months. The project’s first phase, which includes a dog park, is set to be complete between June and July. “I think there will be a soft June opening and then a grand opening at a later date,” said project engineer Thomas...
BREAKING: Jeep crashes into Delray FedEx; 2 people, 1 dog injured
BREAKING: Jeep crashes into Delray FedEx; 2 people, 1 dog injured

Two people and a pup were injured Thursday afternoon when a Jeep crashed into a FedEx store on South Federal Highway, Delray Beach Fire Rescue authorities said. Two people inside the store south of Linton Boulevard sustained non-life threatening injuries. Only one was taken to a hospital, authorities said.  Rescue crews freed a medium-sized...
NEW: Man ODs at West Palm-area gas station with child in car, PBSO says
NEW: Man ODs at West Palm-area gas station with child in car, PBSO says

A 34-year-old man was arrested Monday at a suburban West Palm Beach gas station after he overdosed inside his vehicle with a 6-year-old boy in the car, according to an arrest report. Jose Luis Bermudez is facing a charge of child neglect. He was released Tuesday from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond. The relationship...
More Stories