The incident happened at about 3 p.m. near Folwell Elementary School in southwest Rochester. A man, later apprehended by police, crossed a street, approached and attacked the group, including the woman and a "small number" of children.
The woman, who is not a Rochester Public Schools staff member, protected the children and took the brunt of the assault. She was stabbed one time in the back with an undetermined object.
The woman was leading the children to Folwell from a nearby park. She told police she saw the attacker walking on the other side of the street acting strangely. One witness described the man as punching the air.
The suspect later crossed the street to follow the woman and the children. He approached them and began swinging his arms and a bag he was carrying. The woman put herself between the man and the children. Thats when the man came up behind her and stabbed her.
The man fled on foot and at one time was spotted running south on U.S. Highway 52 toward 12th Street Southwest. Folwell school was under lockdown for about 20 minutes while police searched for the suspect.
He was found at about 3:15 p.m. by an Olmsted County Deputy in the 600 block of Memorial Parkway Southwest and taken into custody without incident. Officers found a pair of long, pointed scissors in the mans waistband. The woman positively identified the man as her attacker.
The suspect is identified as David Daniel Galvan, 28. Galvan does not have a permanent address, but has had numerous contacts with the Rochester police in the past, according to police. Galvan is being held at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, and will likely be arraigned on Thursday.
A previous version of this story identified the stabbing victim as a staffmember at Rochester Public Schools.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — A man is in custody and a woman was taken to a hospital after an apparent stabbing in Rochester Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Rochester Police Department, the 24-year-old woman, a Rochester Public Schools employee, was walking with students back to Folwell Elementary after a visit to a nearby park.
Police say the suspect, identified as 28-year-old David Daniel Galvan, was watching the group and approached them in the area of 18 Avenue SW, and Folwell Drive SW. He began swinging his arms and a bag. The woman put herself between the man and the students. That’s when police say the suspect stabbed her in the back.
Galvan then ran off on foot and was spotted running south on Highway 52 toward 12th Street SW. An Olmsted County deputy spotted him around 3:15 pm in the 600 Block of Memorial Parkway SW. He was arrested without incident.
Officers found a long pointed scissors in Galvan’s waistband. He was identified by a witness and taken to the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.
Galvan is due to be arraigned on Thursday. RPD says its officers have had several encounters with him in the past. Officials are working on what charges he’ll be facing.
The victim was taken to Mayo Clinic Saint Marys with non-life threatening injuries. Officers say she was able to walk and even assisted officers when they arrived on scene.