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Investigation into Cruz Disappearance Continues
2006-06-01 12:15
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

More details are emerging about the search for Jose Javier Cruz, the brother of Dodger outfielder Jose Cruz, Jr., courtesy of Robert Crowe and Eric Hanson of the Houston Chronicle, but they have perhaps only deepened the mystery.

Cruz has been in legal trouble, and barring the possibility that this whole thing is a big misunderstanding, the optimistic scenario would have him hiding out from the authorities. (There is a warrant for his arrest in Puerto Rico, though apparently no urgency to extradite him.)

Cruz, 34, was last seen by family members May 19 at his home in the 10300 block of Huntington Place. Cruz, who has had a troubled past, was wanted in Puerto Rico on theft and forgery charges.

Records show he has been arrested on charges of robbery, assaulting his wife and stealing from his father. His ex-wife, Karla Lynn Cruz, reported him missing to Houston police at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

"She said she last saw him around 6 a.m. (May 19) when she had gone to work," said John Cannon, a Houston Police Department spokesman. "She stated that Mr. Cruz was to pick up their kids from school in the afternoon, but he never did."

A day later, on May 20, Katy police alerted Karla Lynn Cruz that her Chevrolet pickup had been found engulfed in flames.

According to another article by The Associated Press, there were "accelerants" used in the truck fire, leading to it being investigated as arson. The fire itself had no human casualties.

Comments
2006-06-01 12:31:50
1.   Bob Timmermann
This is probably why Jose Cruz said that it wasn't unusual that his brother disappeared and he didn't want to talk about it further.
2006-06-01 12:44:11
2.   Icaros
This case is becoming Robert Stack-able.
2006-06-01 13:17:18
3.   Disabled List
CSI:Houston is on the case.
2006-06-01 14:37:36
4.   ToyCannon
I remember when one of my favorite athletes named Bison Dele was done in by his brother on his yacht while cruising the world. Sad story.
2006-06-01 14:42:11
5.   Marty
4 That was a very strange story.
2006-06-01 14:44:33
6.   bonnie
I have a brother like that. He's always in some kind of trouble. He showed up one day and told my other brother he had an arrest warrant and had to get out of town. It turned out just to be a subpoena for a civil case for one of the many people he owed money to. My brother loaned him his completely restored Chevy Cameo pickup to get out of town. He never saw it again.

Anyway, I hope no one judges our Jose Cruz based on his brother's actions. My inside source tells me what a great guy Jose is.

2006-06-01 14:59:14
7.   bonnie
BTW, that sounded like I have some great inside source, which isn't true. My nephew's sister-in-law is good friends of the Cruz's. He stayed in their guest house last spring when he was playing for the D'backs.
2006-06-01 15:28:38
8.   Jon Weisman
It wouldn't occur to me to judge one Jose by the other.

http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/bruce_springsteen/highway_patrolman.html

2006-06-01 15:50:37
9.   bonnie
Nice lyrics. Yep, that's my brother. Fun guy to hang around with, but it'll cost you. I'm sure my dad always regretted making him a Jr.
2006-06-01 15:54:26
10.   Bob Timmermann
I've driven near Canada several times and never once seen a sign that said "Canadian border five miles from here".
2006-06-01 16:07:42
11.   Jon Weisman
10 - Give it time.

New post up top.

2006-06-01 16:11:06
12.   Greg S
I'm sure I'll get very little agreement on this but I really don't want to see this kind of story on the press or on our little home here on the web. It's not that I don't enjoy reading gossip, I just don't think it's any of our business. You wouldn't want this story being publicly discussed if it were you or your brother. I never bought the "he's famous so he asked for it" argument and this Jose isn't even famous. He happens to be related to fame.
I'll chime in on anything baseball related and that includes things like Penny's state of mind. But this isn't affecting the Dodgers or their fans.
I'm way up on my high hose without a ladder but that's just my 2 cents.
2006-06-01 17:01:26
13.   Jon Weisman
12 - I think your sentiment is fair, but I don't think the coverage of this story is particularly invasive. When a crime is committed and when a person is reported missing, those are matters of public interest. This qualifies as a news story even without the name recognition - the fact that it's connected to a Dodger I think gives it reason to me mentioned here. I do so not to exploit, I don't feel, but to acknowledge something that must be very relevant to a Dodger.
2006-06-01 18:08:29
14.   Greg S
I know that Jon and have great respect for you and for this forum. I just think that it's a good idea to step back sometimes and examine whether we are interested because it's important or just because it's juicy. It's way too easy to forget that these guys are real people. Anybody in the press would cover this as a story. I just wanted to throw out that thought that maybe that shouldn't be the case.
Onto the game!

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