Authorities on Tuesday night arrested a father accused of trying to take his son out of school without permission and hitting a school security guard with his car.
Steve de la Torre, 42, was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault, said Jeff McShan, a spokesman for Harris County Constable Precinct 5
In a video shared by authorities on social-media, de la Torre can be seen talking while two deputies escort him into a building. “They violated my Constitutional rights, they’ve lied about me for a long time and they’ve destroyed me and my family,” he says in the video
It was not immediately clear to whom de la Torre was referring.
The drama began around 1 p.m. on Tuesday when de la Torre pulled up to The Village School along Whittington Drive near Eldridge Parkway in west Houston to pick up his son.
De la Torre did not have permission to get his son, and a coach at the school has a restraining order against him, said McShan, the Precinct 5 spokesman.
At least one of the school’s armed guards walked up to de la Torre to stop him from entering the school grounds when de la Torre allegedly hit the guard with his vehicle. The security guard then pulled his gun and opened fire, McShan said.
De La Torre sped off, but later called Precinct 5 and offered to turn himself in.
School officials were prepared on Tuesday for an altercation with de la Torre, according to McShan.
“They were on the lookout for him,” McShan said. “They’ve had trouble with him in the past, allegedly.”
The reason is unclear. But de la Torre’s ex-wife, Amy, works at The Village School and has served as a coach, according to the school’s website. And the ex-couple’s divorce proceedings — originally from 2009 — on Tuesday saw a new proposed order to “modify [a] parent child relationship.”
That order was not publicly available, in keeping with standard practices around family law cases. De la Torre and his ex-wife — along with the lawyers who worked on the divorce case — did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
De la Torre eventually “showed up” at Precinct 5, where he was arrested. De la Torre had not been shot, but his “truck had bullet holes in it,” McShan said.
The school guard is expected to be OK. No other injuries were reported