Who is Osvaldo Cruz in Monster by Walter Dean Myers, and what is his part in the book?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Osvaldo Cruz is a fourteen year old boy the prosecution uses as a witness against King and Harmon in the murder/robbery trial.  Cruz, during his testimony, states that his involvement in the trail only happened because Bobo told him that if he did not help in the robbery he would cut him.  Cruz also stated that Bobo threatened to do the same to his (Cruz's) mother.  Cruz states that Bobo had the robbery all planned out.  That he (Bobo) and King would go in to rob the store and that Cruz simply had to slow anyone down that came out after them.  Cruz states:

All I had to do was to slow anybody down who came out after them.  I was going to push a garbage can in front of them.

Cruz also testifies that Steve Harmon was going to be the look-out.  After his testimony regarding the crime, Steve's lawyer (O'Brien) gets Cruz to admit that he belongs to a gang called the Diablos and that he cut someone in the face as his initiation into the gang.

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Osvaldo Cruz is a 14 year old boy and member of the street gang, the diablos. Cruz admitted being involved in the crime and provided testimony about King's involvement in the murder of Nesbitt and Steve Harmon's role as a lookout.

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