Man who caused lockdown at Southwest jailed

Thursday, January 16, 2020

37-year-old broke bond conditions of previous arrest

A Cassville man who was on the Southwest school district property Wednesday, causing the district to go into a brief lockdown, is now in the Barry County jail.

Rene Jalbert, 37, of Cassville, is charged with felony resisting arrest, misdemeanor careless and imprudent driving and second-degree trespassing.

Those charges stem from an arrest on Jan. 5, where he allegedly fled from Barry County Sheriff’s deputies after trespassing on another property near Cassville.

Jalbert was released on his own recognizance on Jan. 8 with specific bond conditions, which he violated prior to the incident at Southwest.

Jalbert had been removed from Southwest school grounds in the past, and a letter was sent to him saying he was not allowed on district property. She said there is also an active restraining order against him, and the person who has that order was also on campus.

Jalbert reportedly drove into the parking lot, got out of his vehicle and knocked on a window at the middle school, then returned to his vehicle and left. The teacher in that room reported his presence, and Tosha Tilford, Southwest superintendent, placed the school on lockdown and called 911.

Tilford said at no time were any students in danger, and Jalbert never entered any of the buildings.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Deputy Bray, with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, on Jan. 5, Jalbert allegedly trespassed on a victim’s property near Cassville and was asked to leave multiple times before he left on his own accord.

Bray then located Jalbert driving southbound on Farm Road 2130 at about 10:30 p.m. traveling at a high rate of speed. He attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Jalbert allegedly continued westbound on Farm Road 1140. During the pursuit, Jalbert turned westbound on Highway 248 from Farm Road 1155, where he allegedly continued traveling at a high rate of speed and crossed the center line multiple times. The chase ended at Fastrip on Main Street in Cassville, where Jalbert was placed under arrest.

Jalbert is being held in the Barry County jail on no bond, as it was revoked due to violating bond conditions. His next hearing has yet to be set.

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