Man jailed after violating order by going to Hurst school

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HURST -- A man recently let out of jail for threatening his son's mother was back in custody Wednesday, accused of violating a protective order that he not go near her or his son's school.

Alexius Tavo, 29, was also being held on a charge of a making a terroristic threat directed at Donna Park Elementary School, said Sgt. Craig Teague, a police spokesman.

His bail was set at $150,000.

Tavo, of Richland Hills, was first arrested after a Jan. 16 domestic dispute escalated with text messages sent to the woman.

"He made threats to her about shooting, killing," Teague said. "He also made threats to the school."

At that time, Tavo was charged only with threatening the woman. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

Meanwhile, Teague said, police worked with school administrators to determine if charges could be brought for Tavo's threats toward the school.

The law requires that a "substantial group" of people express alarm over the possibility of serious bodily injury stemming from a threat. There had been no such outcry until last week, when the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district sent a letter to Donna Park parents informing them about Tavo.

On Feb. 27, Superintendent Steven Chapman wrote that a parent, whom he did not name, had been told that when he got out of jail, he would be banned from all campuses in the school district. An officer would be posted at Donna Park, he said.

Parents were not told about Tavo earlier, Chapman said, because officials did not consider him to be a threat while he was in jail.

Parents then called to express concern, and police used those statements to pursue the terroristic threat charge, Teague said.

Tavo was released from jail Sunday. But on Wednesday, he was arrested for violating an emergency protective order that banned him from going near the woman and the schools. Officers guarding Donna Park spotted him in a parked car near the campus, Teague said.

Chapman wrote to parents that Tavo was found 160 feet from the school, but he is banned from coming with 200 feet of any property in the school district.

The boy's mother was with Tavo, he wrote.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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