Police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a beating and robbery of four men outside an Inner Harbor hotel, after a security guard at the hotel inquired about a piece of evidence left at the scene.
According to court records, a security guard asked a co-worker if an iPhone had been left behind after an attack that sent four people to University of Maryland Medical Center on Oct. 24. He said that "his boys" had "laid a beating" on some men and that one of them had dropped their phone. The security guard said he worked with one of the suspects at the Tremont Hotel, information that the co-worker passed along to investigators. They interviewed the security guard, and learned the suspect's identity - Earl Cruz Jr.
A group of men, who had been drinking and were extremely intoxicated, were jumped as they stood outside the Intercontinental Hotel in the 500 block of Light St. In an interview with police on Oct. 27, Cruz said he had been at a party on a boat at the Inner Harbor and one of the victims made "some sort of comment" that one of his friends took offense to, sparking the fight.