SAN ANTONIO -- A woman who was savagely attacked outside an elementary school by her child's father, may have an armed bystander to thank for her life.
The 38-year-old woman had just dropped her child off at Bonham Academy in the 900 block of South St. Mary's Street around 9:30 Tuesday morning when she was confronted by the child's father.
"I'm not clear on their relationship, but I do kn ow they were both parents to the child in the school," said Sgt. Javier Salazar with the San Antonio Police Department.
A man who said he witnessed the man repeatedly stab the woman in the neck and upper body, stepped in. He was armed with a gun and used it to help detain the suspect.
"A passerby who happened to be a concealed handgun license holder drew his weapon and ordered the suspect to drop the knife," Salazar said. "The suspect surrendered to that passerby and a school district police officer who was also passing by."
The woman was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
Police said the suspect tried to get rid of the weapon by throwing it into the bushes, but that knife was recovered.
The suspect will be charged with aggravated assault, investigators said. Those charges may be upgraded depending on whether or not the victim survives.
Authorities will release the suspect's name once he is formally charged.