Charge against parent arrested near Hurst school upped to felony

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by JASON WHITELY, MARCUS MOORE and JIM DOUGLAS

WFAA

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 6:23 PM

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UPDATE 3/6/13, 4:45 p.m.: Police arrested Alexius Tavo Wednesday morning about a block from Donna Park Elementary School for violating an emergency protective order, a misdemeanor, but that charge was upgraded to a third-degree felony charge of making terroristic threats.

Hurst police confirmed to News 8 the charge was upgraded Wednesday afternoon after parents and teachers from the school complained to the department Tuesday they were victims of the threats as well.

Tavo is being held at the Hurst Police Department Jail on $150,000 bond.

Hurst Euless Bedford ISD spokeswoman Judy Ramos said administrators were notified that Tavo was on his way to pick up his child Wednesday morning. They called police and he was arrested in the 800 block of Donna Dr., a mere tenth of a mile from the school. He was unarmed.


HURST — The threats are made in a series of profanity-laced, hate-filled text messages that Alexius Tavo wrote to the mother of his child, according to a police report obtained by News 8.

"I will get a machine gun soon," one threatening text said, "Get a bunch of bullets. Then goin to [his son's] school and murdering as many ppl [sic] as possible. Kids and all. And I'm going to put a letter in my pocket and say this is your fault."

Tavo's child is a student at Donna Park Elementary School in Hurst.

His child's mother reported the threats to police in January, and officers arrested the 29-year-old man, charging him with making terroristic threats.

Tavo served 45 days in jail and was released on Sunday.

Parents at Donna Park Elementary who asked not to be named said they're terrified to just find out about the threats. They first alerted News 8 to the text messages after getting a letter from the principal last Friday.

Why parents were not originally alerted to the threats remains uncertain. Neither police nor the school district would comment officially.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD did send a letter home with all 453 students which said, in part, that the suspected parent is now "banned from all HEBISD campuses, including Donna Park Elementary School. When this parent is released from custody, we will have a Hurst police officer on the Donna Park campus to ensure that this ban is enforced there."

Tavo told police he drank ten 40 oz. Bud Ice beers in a six hour period and later smoked marijuana before sending the threatening texts, according to the report. He specifically denied the messages that said he would inflict violence at the school.

"He said the more alarming messages were not him in that state of mind," the officer wrote in the incident report. "He cried several times throughout the interview. He said he blacked out when he drank alcohol and blacked out several times on 1-16-13 [the date his wife said he sent her the texts]."

"When I was interviewing Tavo," the officer said in the report, "in no way did I detect the odor of alcohol on his person or see any visible signs he had been drinking. Also, he said he became 'psychotic' when he drank to the extremes he described in the interview."

The mother of Tavo's child, who reported the threats, told News 8 that the suspect "is not going to hurt anyone." He doesn't own any weapons either, she added.

Still, some parents have taken their children out of Donna Park Elementary and said the district is letting them enroll their children on other campuses.

Several mothers told News 8 they came forward because they worry that parents of older students on campus likely don't know the violent nature of the threats since the principal did not detail them in her letter home with children.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com, mmoore@wfaa.com and jdouglas@wfaa.com

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