SAN ANTONIO -- Police have arrested a man in connection with the stabbing-death of 24-year-old woman at O.P. Schnabel Park, according to the San Antonio Police Department.
Christian Ivan Bautista, 29, was arrested around 7 a.m. Saturday by SAPD homicide. Police said he is facing a murder charge for the death of Lauren Bump.
Police had been interrogating Bautista as a possible suspect and arrested him after questioning Friday.
Investigators spoke with Bautista's roommate on Friday, who informed them that he had given Bautista a 'military-style combat knife' as a Christmas present, according to an affidavit.
On Dec. 30, 2013, the roommate said he witnessed Bautista carrying the knife on his waistband.
Bautista's roommate told police that, on New Year's Day, when the knife was brought up in conversation, Bautista told him he had "stuck" Bump and "cut her up" before disposing of the weapon, according to the affidavit.
Bautista was picked up by police at O.P Schnabel Park Friday evening, after he suspiciously approached someone at the park and that person called authorities, according to SAPD.
"Great work and persistence by homicide, park police, Prue Rd patrol and SAFFE led to this arrest," SAPD spokesman Javier Salazar wrote in a press release.
According to SAPD, Bautista's listed address was less than four miles away from the park where Bump's body was found by a couple on New Year's Eve.
Police said there doesn't appear to be any connection between Bump and Bautista.
The arrest came on the same day We Run San Antonio hosted a silent mile as a memorial tribute to the young woman. Another run in Bump's honor was held at O.P. Schnabel Park.
Bump's family and friends were at both runs, thanking runners who came out to pay their respects to a woman they may not have even known.
"It makes me feel amazing because you see what an affect she had on people," Gabriella Jimenez, a close friend said. "People didn't even know her and they're here today, supporting her, and it just shows how her love is still going on. Her spirit is still here."
Bump was a graduate student at Harding University in Arkansas, studying to become a physician's assistant.
Church services for Bump will be held on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. at Community Bible Church. Bump will be laid to rest at a later date in a private ceremony.
A memorial fund has also been set up in Lauren Bump's. You can donate to the family by clicking here or sending a check to Frost Bank:
Lauren Bump Memorial Fund
100 W. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX 78205