A 29-year-old man is in the Bexar County Jail under $200,000 bond charged in the New Year’s Eve stabbing death of female runner at O.P. Schnabel Park.
SAPD Chief William McManus said there is “no connection that we know of” between the suspect Christian Ivan Bautista and the victim 24-year-old Lauren Bump.
McManus said officers were able to get an arrest warrant early this morning.
In the affidavit, the suspect’s roommate told police the alleged murder weapon was a “military style combat knife” that he had given Bautista for Christmas.
The roommate also said the last time he saw the knife on December 30, Bautista was “carrying it in his waistband.”
When he asked about the knife two days later, the roommate said Bautista told him he had “disposed” it, and gave a graphic description of having stabbed a woman to death.
After the New Year's Eve murder, McManus said Bautista returned to the same park three days later and approached a woman, who reported a suspicious man to police.
“Knowing what had occurred there, they felt compelled to call police and he was immediately picked up,” McManus said.
The affidavit states Bautista was identified in a photo lineup by a witness who told police she had seen him sitting on the same trail where she later discovered the victim’s body.
Police said Bautista not only matched the physical description they had been given, so did the clothing he was wearing at the time of his arrest.
He said the suspect initially was held on two outstanding municipal warrants while detectives were able to develop new information that led to them getting an arrest warrant affidavit, charging Bautista with murder.
The chief said he was relieved for the sake of Bump’s family.
“It was an evil, vile act committed on Lauren. I’m happy we made that arrest. Investigators did a great job,” McManus said.
Runners who had gathered Saturday morning for a Silent Mile Memorial Run as a tribute to Bump, said they were relieved to hear a suspect was in custody.
“Because it affects runners. It affects bikers. It affects everybody that comes and uses these parks,” said an unidentified runner.
Mona Flores, one of today’s runners, said, they’ve become more vigilant as a result, trying to make sure no one is left behind.
Flores also said as a result of Bump’s tragic death, “We certainly keep her family and her friends in prayers and each other.”