NEW INFO: Judge adds bond conditions to teen accused of threat at Akins High School

A teen accused of threatening to shoot and blow up Akins High School last week who was released from jail after posting a $15,000 bail with restrictions now has conditions to remain free.

Ariel Alex Ramirez Navarro, 17, was booked into the Travis County Jail on Feb. 22 and charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Police said Navarro showed students a backpack loaded with ammunition, a magazine and smoke bombs on Thursday morning, and told them he intended to use them at Akins.

The reported threats sparked a manhunt and an hours-long lockdown of the school’s campus.

News that Navarro had been released from jail on bond with no conditions irked Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore and already worried parents, many of whom rushed to the school on Thursday to pick up their children without knowing what was going on.

Moore said she was appalled to learn that Navarro was cut loose with no further orders or restrictions.

On Monday Judge Patrick J. McNelis signed an order imposing several conditions on Navarro including the following:

  1. Getting a mental health evaluation and following all its recommendations.
  2. Staying at least 500 yards from Akins High School.
  3. Having a Global Positioning System monitoring device installed within 48 hours.
  4. Navarro must not possess any type of weapon at his residence or on his person.

Judge Celeste Villareal, who originally set Navarro’s bond, said she came to her decision to set a bond amount based upon information provided by the arresting officer and the probable cause affidavit he handed in. 

“The bond amount I set was fairly high for a first offender with no criminal history and no juvenile or adult arrests of any kind,” Villareal said in an emailed statement. “There was also no indication or evidence of any mental health issues.”

Villareal said she received new information from the district attorney’s office day after the incident, and agreed that adding conditions was appropriate.

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