DECATUR — Traveon L. Hood appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday, pleading not guilty to a charge of vehicular invasion involving a Decatur school bus.

Hood, 25, also pleaded not guilty to two charges of aggravated battery and a charge of criminal trespass to a vehicle when he appeared before Judge Phoebe Bowers while represented by Chief Public Defender David Ellison. Hood told the judge he was waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, and Bowers scheduled the case for a pretrial hearing Feb. 5 with Judge Thomas Griffith.

Decatur man arrested after forcing way onto school bus to 'confront' students, police say

A sworn Decatur police affidavit filed with the case said Hood forced his way onto the No. 14 Alltown Bus Service bus twice about 7:15 a.m. Nov. 12. The incident happened as the bus, loaded with children ages 6 to 8, was stopped at Olive and Lowber streets on its way to Durfee Magnet School.

Officer J. Briar Weddle said Hood made threats to “hit the kid that hit his daughter” and had shoved the driver’s arm out of the way as he tried to stop him. “(The driver) stated he did not want the man to confront the students and believed their safety was in jeopardy,” Weddle said.

After Hood confronted several students and got off, Weddle said he tried to get on a third time, but on this occasion the driver was able to close the door and keep him out. Police said Hood is not the parent of the child he was claiming to want to protect, but the boyfriend of the girl’s mother. He is also not listed as a parent/legal guardian with the Decatur School District, the affidavit said.

Hood, who was arrested Dec. 19, remained in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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