AUSTIN (KXAN) — The woman who was stabbed near Andrews Elementary School, at Lehigh Drive and Northeast Drive, on Monday morning is now in stable condition, Austin police said.
Witnesses called 911 to report the stabbing around 8:30 a.m.
The first officer on the scene arrived to find a woman bleeding profusely and a witness holding the suspect down with a stick. The officer tended to the injured woman while the witness held the suspect until other officers arrived on the scene.
“I saw him holding the knife still trying to stab the lady so I kicked it away,” said Alvin Wilson, the man who came to the woman’s aid. “I’m just glad I was out here…because he would have killed her I think.”
Officers at the scene tell KXAN the preliminary investigation indicated the woman was dropping her children off at Andrews Elementary School when she and her estranged husband got into an argument.
Wilson, who was working in his yard, heard a scream and turned to see the woman being stabbed by the suspect. He then ran to subdue the suspect with a stick.
Emergency medical personnel say the woman suffered potentially life-threatening injures. She was taken to University Medical Brackenridge.
The man is currently in custody and the investigation is ongoing.
When an officer arrived of the scene and tended to the woman’s injuries, Wilson continued to hold the suspect down.
“I’m not a hero, I’m just helping that lady,” Wilson said. “I hope anyone else would do the same thing.”