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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.

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Four men, who police said were highly intoxicated, said they were attacked as they stood outside of the Intercontinental Hotel in the 500 block of Light St. in the early morning hours of Oct. 24. As a group of six people walked by, one of them asked if the group standing outside the hotel was laughing at him, and punched one of the men in the face. That led to a fight, sending the four men to University of Maryland Medical Center with injuries.

According to court records, two days later a security guard at the hotel asked a co-worker if an iPhone had been left behind after the attack. 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. The co-worker alerted his supervisors, and detectives were able to learn the identity of one of the suspects - Earl Cruz Jr.

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In an interview with detectives, Cruz said he had been at a party on a boat at the Inner Harbor and that one of the victims made "some sort of comment" that one of his friends took offense to, sparking the fight.

One of the victims had told police that Cruz chased him through the hotel lobby, which was recorded on hotel security cameras, and pulled a knife. Cruz denied that he had a knife.

Cruz was arrested Oct. 28 and released the next day on $2,000 bond. Police had not arrested the other suspects named in the charging documents.

With two groups of people and many of the suspects either unidentified or with pending warrants, this is a tough one to explain. Here goes:
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.
The victims told police that Cruz pulled a knife and chased one of the victims through the hotel lobby, which was recorded on hotel security cameras. Another victim's wallet was taken, but Cruz's iPhone was left behind. One of the victims suffered a mild concussion, while the others were treated for cuts and bruises.
Cruz denied that he had a knife. He has no prior criminal record, according to court records.
He was arrested Oct. 28 and released the next day on $2,000 bond.
Calls to the Tremont Hotel were not returned. 
Police had not arrested the other suspects named in the charging documents.

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