SAPD: Stabbing suspect returned to park, drew another woman's attention

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by Gary Cooper / KENS 5

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Posted on January 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 8:41 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A man who said he knows the suspect charged in the death of a woman at a northwest-side park has revealed new details about the case to KENS 5.

Meanwhile, San Antonio police revealed that the suspect was arrested after they said he returned to O.P. Schnabel Park and a woman noticed him and called police.

Brenton Danks told KENS 5 he met Christian Ivan Bautista, the suspect in the murder of Lauren Bump, 24, while staying in a home shared with another man, Ryan O'Shea.

Bump's body was discovered inside O.P. Schnabel Park on New Year's Eve. San Antonio police said she was stabbed to death.

Danks said he briefly met Bautista a few days before New Year's Eve.

"I didn't know much about him. I mean, I knew he just got out of prison," Danks said. "He seemed like a normal guy. We'd go to the gas station and get cigarettes (and) watch movies together."

Danks said that changed on New Year's Eve.

"I dunno... He kind of started acting weird-like," Danks said. "He would talk to himself, and then me and Ryan got sketched out about it. We were like, 'Okay,' and we just left him alone, and he was like, 'I'll be back.' And then I guess he went to O.P. Schnabel Park."

After Bump's murder, police said Bautista went back to the home and confessed to his roommate O'Shea about the killing. Danks said Bautista told O'Shea he threw away the knife.

Danks said Bautista was previously homeless and had only lived in the home with O'Shea for about a month.

"But we just thought to... Ryan gave him a chance because he didn't have anywhere to stay and he had a job down the street,” Danks said.

Police allege that Bautista returned to O.P. Schnabel Park on Friday. A woman noticed him and told police that he was making her feel uncomfortable.

Investigators then matched Bautista to a description given New Year's Eve.

Bautista was arrested on other outstanding warrants. Police questioned him, and then he was charged in the murder of Lauren Bump.

Investigators said they believe Bautista and Bump had no prior connection.

"I don’t know. He might have been doing drugs," Dank said. "I think he had mental problems probably."

Bautista’s bond is set at $200,000.

 

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