SUSPECT FREE ON BOND FOR MURDER-RELATED CHARGE NOW ACCUSED OF SCHOOL BUS ATTACK IN FRONT OF CHILDREN

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Mar. 3 2021, Updated 10:45 a.m. ET

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Four weeks after a Louisiana suspect was released from bond because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he is on the run again, this time for allegedly assaulting a school bus driver.

Police say that Travis Layne Jr. attacked a bus driver. The attack happened as 13 children were on the bus, KLFY reported.

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The driver was bruised and bloodied after the incident and was taken to the hospital. He is now home and resting, a family member told KATC.

Layne is fleeing arrest. Layne’s girlfriend Neshana Collins has is already in custody in connection with the incident, according to KATC.

 Layne was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree murder in the 2019 killing of 17-year-old Garron Lewis. His bond was initially set for over $1 million.

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According to records obtained by KARD, five months after his arrest, a judge reduced his bond to just $400,000. Three weeks after that, it was reduced to $250,000.

Layne’s family was still unable to pay the bond. In September 2020, a judge agreed to lower his bond to $100,000. He bonded out of jail in January, according to KARD.

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The judge in the case said she agreed to lower Layne’s bond because COVID-19 kept delaying his trial, documents obtained by KARD say.

She also chose to lower the bond because the other seven men charged in Lewis’s death had already their bonds reduced.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Layne with charges of second-degree battery, battery on a school teacher, criminal trespassing, interference in the operation, terrorizing, and aggravated obstruction of a highway, KATC reports.

Anyone with information on Layne's whereabouts should contact the NIPD at (337) 369-2306 

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