LAKE WORTH, FL (CBS 12) – Five teens, with suspected gang ties, have been arrested and charged with homicide and robbery in connection to two murders that happened in Lake Worth. A judge, Saturday morning, ordered the teens to be held without bond. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office tells CBS12, they are in the United States illegally and are members or associates of the MS-13 gang.
Court documents show, Jorge Santos Cruz, 17, Henrry Cardoza, 16, Victor Hernandez Castro, 17, Edwin Manzanares, 17, Natividad Omar Umanzor Yanes, 17, are accused of premeditated murder as well as multiple armed robberies in connection with the death of Octavio Sanchez Morales. Morales was found shot to death near F Street in Lake Worth back on November 5th. A sixth suspect, 20-year-old Victor Fuentes of El Salvador, was arrested and reportedly confessed to his involvement in this crime. He too was charged with first degree murder and robbery.
The teens are being charged as adults.
According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects attempted to rob Morales in an alley between F and E Street and shot him twice during the altercation. Surveillance video helped investigators identify the alleged culprits.
The first killing happened the day before Halloween on South H Street, where deputies found the body of 33-year-old Lucio Velasquez Morales with a gunshot wound. The second murder took place along South F Street, where 25-year-old Octavio Sanches-Morales was found shot to death.
The five teens will have a new hearing in downtown West Palm Beach. The court date is undetermined.