HOUSTON -- It’s the kind of outburst you wouldn’t expect to hear from someone standing before a judge.
“Man, they’re lying. They’re lying, your honor,” Lewis Robinson shouted in probable cause court.
That was his response to the charge: unlawful restraint of a child. The 46-year-old Houston man is accused running into Jewell Houston Academy in the Aldine Independent School District, sending the school into lockdown.
“We were all under the table,” said 11-year-old Mateo Garcia, a fifth-grader. “We thought it was the end for us, but then we were all in a group, and we just started praying to God that he would keep us alive.”
Garcia said Robinson ordered his teacher to make sure the door was locked and started making threats.
“He told us, if me and my classmates wouldn’t be quiet, then he would kill us,” said Garcia.
“I think about what could have happened, and tears roll down my cheek,” said Aive Garcia, Mateo’s mother. “It’s scary just to think something like that could happen to your kid with all the things going on.”
If the allegations are true, what possibly could have prompted Robinson’s actions?
“The guy who came into the school broke into my friend’s uncle’s house, and he was chasing him over here, so he ran into the school,” said Mateo.
It’s something Robinson may have been hinting at as he ranted before the judge.
“Somebody was trying to kill me,” he said. “My only option was to go into the school. If I was to go out into street, they were going to kill me.”
Robinson, who was not armed, was detained by AISD police.
This is not the first time Robinson has had a run-in with the law.
In October of 1984, he was convicted of burglary with attempt to commit theft, while he was also convicted of aggravated assault stemming from an incident in January 1987.
The incident comes at a time when the district was already looking at ways to beef up security. In fact, this spring it will start building storefronts at the main entrances of schools requiring visitors to be buzzed in.