Florida man threatened to shoot up school after road rage incident with bus, cops say

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Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Oct. 25 2021, Published 8:07 p.m. ET

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An 18-year-old man threatened to shoot up a school after a road rage incident with a school bus, police said.

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Around 4:45 p.m. Oct. 15, an Ocala, Florida, police officer was told that a “young-sounding male” called a school upset that a New Leaf Center school bus was allegedly driving recklessly, according to Ocala-News.

Police later identified the caller as Alexander Montalvo, Ocala-News reported.

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Montalvo claimed a school bus driving in front of him slammed on the brakes abruptly, and he had to veer his vehicle onto the grass to avoid a crash, according to Ocala-News.

During the phone call with the school employee, Montalvo allegedly demanded to speak with someone who could investigate the bus incident or else he was “going to shoot up the school,” Ocala-News reported.

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The employee hung up, and Montalvo called back shortly after and allegedly said, “I’m on my way now to shoot that (expletive) up,” according to Ocala-News.

The officer called Montalvo’s phone number and pretended to be a member of the Marion County School Board, and Montalvo spoke with the officer and reiterated his concerns with the alleged reckless bus, Ocala-News reported.

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When the officer asked about the threats to shoot up the school, Montalvo told the officer that he was just angry when he made that statement and didn’t intend to carry out the shooting, according to Ocala-News.

The officer searched Montalvo’s phone number and found his name and address, Ocala-News reported.

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When cops arrived at Montalvo’s residence, his mother said that he was at work, according to Ocala-News. The officer went to Montalvo’s job and arrested him.

Montalvo was transported to Marion County jail and has been charged with making false threats to use a firearm, Ocala-News reported.

Montalvo is being held on a $5,000 bond, according to Ocala-News.

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