Body Found in ANF Confirmed as Suspect Wanted in Attack of Two Glendale Women

On July 19 Glendale Police Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of West Wilson at 4:15 a.m. in regards to an attempted murder that had taken place.  When the officers arrived on scene, suspect Brian Cruz had already fled the residence.

Cruz is accused of allegedly striking his fiancée in the face and head several times with a hammer.  The victim suffered several bone fractures to her face and skull as well as multiple broken bones to her hands and an amputated finger.  She has since had multiple reconstructive surgeries and is currently undergoing physical therapy to regain the use of her hands.     

The victim’s mother was also struck with a hammer in the head when she tried to intervene.  She was treated at a local hospital and released shortly after the attack. 

On September 25, GPD offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of Brian Cruz.  We received several tips from the community, which helped assist our detectives in this investigation.

After an extensive search, Cruz’s vehicle was located on September 26 over the side of the Angeles Crest Highway, just south of Upper Big Tujunga Road in the Angeles National Forest.   A body was found in the vehicle and sent to the coroner’s office for identification.

The body found in the vehicle was positively identified as Brian Cruz on October 11.