Cary, N.C. — Bond has been reduced for a Cary man accused of attacking a school bus driver, but he was still in jail Thursday evening.
Derry Aimo Schmidt, 46, of 120 Frohlich Drive, faces a number of charges that allege he attacked a female Wake County school bus driver Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Cary Elementary School.
He was arrested Wednesday and charged with three misdemeanor charges of assault and a Class I felony hate crime.
A judge reduced his bond Thursday to $25,000 and ordered him to stay away from schools and school buses.
The bus driver, Jametta Lynette Farrar, claimed Schmidt flew into a rage after parking in front of Cary Elementary to drop off his daughter. School buses blocked him in. Farrar said Schmidt attacked her while screaming racial slurs.
Schmidt's friends defended him.
"From what I know, he's a very gentle, caring, loving man. I know he loves God. I know he's very serious about being a Christian," said Don Rayno, a member at Peace Presbyterian Church.
On his way to the Wake County Jail Wednesday afternoon, Schmidt told WRAL that the "charges are unwarranted" and "the allegations are false."
If convicted, he would face a maximum of 150 days in jail for each misdemeanor charge and three to 12 months for the felony charge.
Under conditions of his bond, Schmidt was ordered to have no contact with Farrar and to stay 100 yards away from all Wake County schools and all Wake County school buses.
Court records show he has no prior convictions for assault.