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SAISD officers honored for saving mother who was stabbed outside school

Ofc. John Catts, Ofc. Jessica Sepulveda rush to stabbing victim’s side outside Bonham Academy

SAN ANTONIO - Two school district police officers were honored Monday night by the San Antonio Independent School District for rushing to a mother’s side after she was stabbed at least 30 times outside of Bonham Academy on Aug. 28.


Officer John Catts and Officer Jessica Sepulveda were given the “Police Lifesaving Award” at Monday’s school board meeting. Sepulveda was the first to tend to the 38-year-old victim and apply pressure to the wounds in her neck and chest. Officer Catts arrived seconds later.

The woman’s husband, 38-year-old Roberto Barron, is accused of stabbing the woman after the two dropped off their child that morning at Bonham.

The stabbing happened outside the school after classes had begun, so no children witnessed the attack.

Some might call their actions heroic, but these officers call it part of the job.

“In situations like this, our training kicks in and you just react,” said Catts. “You really don’t think about what you’re doing. You just do it. We're just fortunate that everything kicked in without us having to think twice about it.”

“I just wanted to make sure she was okay until the guys who are trained to do much more than I could do could get there,” Sepulveda said.

A third SAISD officer, Rene Cano, is credited with arresting the suspect. He will be given a certificate of recognition.

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