Man accused of threats outside school

By Rebecca Catalanello, Times Staff Writer
Published March 6, 2008

TAMPA - A 77-year-old man walked onto a church school campus with a knife Wednesday, yelling, cursing and telling the children, teachers and parents that they were going to hell, deputies say.

The incident happened at Concordia Lutheran Middle School, 5601 Hanley Road, at 8:20 a.m. as children were being dropped off, the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies reported that Elton Ray Street, 6928 W Comanche Ave., approached the students, shouting and holding up his middle finger.

When a pastor tried to stop Street, Street pulled out a knife, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. He threatened to cut the pastor and "send him where he belonged, to hell," the report says.

As parents and teachers sought to hurry children inside the building, Street, who goes by the nickname "Crazy Ray," according to his arrest report, began walking away, putting the knife back in his pocket.

But when a deputy arrived, Street cursed more.

Street was held at Orient Road Jail on $6,000 bond. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, trespassing on school property with a weapon, battery, disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon, obstructing or opposing an officer, and disrupting an assembly.

He has a long history of mostly misdemeanor arrests, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement.