FHP traffic stop leads to arrest of suspect in Osceola County hookah lounge murder

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A traffic stop Thursday led to the arrest of the suspect in an Osceola County shooting last month in which a woman was killed and another person was injured.


According to the Florida Highway Patrol, their Criminal Interdiction Team stopped a 2010 Acura on State Road 408 at 11:15 a.m. for having illegal window tinting.

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Shortly after making contact with the driver, troopers identified him as 38-year-old Daniel Alfredo Cruz, who had an active warrant for his arrest out of Osceola County for the October 9 shooting at the Red Star Restaurant and Hookah Bar on West Irlo Bronson Blvd. in Kissimmee.

Troopers say Cruz was in possession of a loaded handgun when he was arrested. Both Cruz and the gun have been turned over to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

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Osceola County investigators say the hookah lounge incident started as a shootout between multiple people.

Before Thursday, none of the people involved in the shooting had been identified by the sheriff’s office.

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They have not explained exactly what Cruz’ involvement in the shooting was or how they developed him as a suspect.

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