Ex-Taunton crossing guard in bother after alleged assaults on guardian, journalists


A Taunton crossing guard accused of attacking a guardian with a handheld cease signal earlier than allegedly assaulting journalists exterior of courtroom has been ordered held on $250 bail.

If posted, Louis F. Chaves, 68, should endure a psychological well being analysis and meet different pre-release situations, a choose at Taunton District Court docket dominated Tuesday.

Chaves’ look on Tuesday got here after he allegedly received right into a bodily altercation with journalists exterior the courthouse Monday afternoon who have been overlaying the crossing guard’s arraignment related to the alleged assault on a guardian exterior of a faculty within the morning.

A pair of journalists have been amongst those that tried to interview Chaves strolling out of the courthouse, however Chaves allegedly charged at and began kicking one in all them, based on police and video footage from native TV stations. Chaves then proceeded to swing on the different journalist and threw a department their means, police stated.

Chaves, who’s now not employed within the Taunton college district, faces costs of assault and battery with a harmful weapon with a shod foot, and assault and battery with a harmful weapon with a stick/department, in connection to the alleged assault on the journalist.

A choose on Monday launched Chaves on private recognizance in connection to the sooner assault on the guardian, however the choose warned if Chaves received arrested once more, he’d be positioned in jail.

Chaves’ chaotic day with legislation enforcement started Monday round 7:30 a.m., when a mom needed to sneeze whereas driving her youngsters previous Taunton Excessive Faculty, based on a police report.

The mom stopped her automobile in the course of the intersection as she reached for a tissue to blow her nostril, however that didn’t sit effectively with Chaves as he approached the passenger facet window and screamed at her to proceed driving, the police report states.

The driving force shouted at Chaves for yelling at her in entrance of her youngsters, police wrote.

“At this time the crossing guard put his stop sign stick through the passenger window and started to (swing) it around calling her a [expletive] and she needs to get the [expletive] out of here,” police wrote. “It bears noting while Louis was swinging the stop sign stick in the vehicle he was striking [the driver’s] daughter … in the arm.”

That prompted the mom to get out of her automobile and method the crossing guard, additional agitating Chaves who allegedly “started to attack her with a stop sign stick” earlier than pushing her to the bottom.

The mom accused Chaves of dragging and kicking her. She advised WPRI 12 Information in Rhode Island that “I ended up with a lump on my head, a bruise on the side of my face and a cut on my wrist. I don’t know what made him snap and act the way he did … He just didn’t seem like he was in his right mind at that moment.”

It didn’t take lengthy for the Taunton college district to take motion on Chaves, firing him hours after the incident with the mom, an official stated in a press release.

“As a result of this incident, the crossing guard has been terminated, effective immediately, and is no longer an employee of Taunton Public Schools,” officers stated.

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