Fort Worth, TX — George Bradley, 32, is facing numerous charges after police say he set fire to his mother, then headed to a nearby charter school and attempted to sexually assault a teacher at knifepoint.
Bradley’s Monday apparently went a little something like this….
For reasons known only to him at this point, Bradley reportedly poured a flammable liquid on his 68-year-old mother and flicked his Bic. Screaming and in flames, the woman managed to escape the apartment to the safety of a neighbor’s home. Police say the woman is now listed in critical condition at a Lubbock hospital, suffering third-degree burns to much of her upper body.
A short time later, Bradley entered the main office at Rise Academy, announced that he had just killed his mother and asked the secretary to call 911. School administrator Audrey Saldivar said Bradley then grew agitated, locked the office door, pulled out a knife and forced a teacher into Superintendent Richard Baumgartner’s office.
“It was just random,” Saldivar said. “We didn’t know what was happening.”
In the meantime, Baumgartner had been informed of the situation and had just reached the office at the same time Bradley was locking the door. He then entered the office through a back door as several other staff members ran out.
“I heard screams, and realized someone else was still in there, so I started kicking the door open,” Baumgartner said. “I just reacted to an instinct. I made a split-second decision, because I knew he had a knife and there was somebody in there screaming for their life. I just thought that I had to enter that space and prevent violence from being done.”
Baumgartner said he fell backward as the door opened and Bradley emerged, swinging his knife. Baumgartner, slightly injured after the knife grazed him, armed himself with a chair, but it appeared as if Bradley was done…he exited the office without a word. The teacher escaped without injury.
When the police arrived just moments later, Bradley dropped his knife and was arrested without incident. He was carrying a duffel bag containing gasoline in a can, lighters and neatly folded clothes. He’s been booked on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and attempted aggravated sexual assault.
Gotta tell ya, the first thing that ran through my mind as I read this was bath salts. Then I figured, hell, maybe dude is a mental case. But after reading about his criminal history, I’m thinking dude is just an asshole. He served five years after being convicted of deadly conduct and drug charges. Just three months after his release in ’05, Bradley was convicted on charges of aggravated assault on a public servant. Though he was sentenced to three to five, he was given credit for timed served and released back onto the streets. Police say Bradley has had other arrests, one as recently as December, but prosecutors declined to comment.
Then again, dude could’a just been pissed about that crappy haircut….Tags: assault and battery, Attempted Murder, Attempted Rape, Burning, George Bradley