Bond Reduced for Cary Dad Accused of Attacking Bus Driver
Derry Aimo Schmidt was still in jail Thursday evening. He was arrested and charged with three misdemeanor charges of assault and a Class I felony hate crime.Posted — Updated
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.
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.
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