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UPDATE: Rochester stabbing suspect has 26 incidents with law enforcement in last two years, RPD says

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Police have provided new updates on a Tuesday afternoon stabbing of a school teacher in Rochester.

The 24-year-old victim is a 4th grade teacher at Rochester Arts and Science Academy. She was walking with four to five students, returning from a park near the school, according to the Rochester Police Department.

Police said the group noticed a man who police have identified as 28-year-old David Daniel Galvan “acting strange.” Police said Galvan crossed the street and approached them from behind in the area of 18th Avenue SW and Folwell Drive SW.

Authorities said the woman saw him coming, so she shuffled the children to one side of the sidewalk to let him pass. Galvan was swinging his arms as he approached her. She then told the children that they should all go the other direction. Police said the group was walking away up a hill when the woman felt something hitting her back, and realized she was bleeding.

The woman then called the principal. RPD said either the principal or a witness subsequently called 911. When authorities arrived, the principal was with the victim.

The victim suffered a puncture wound in her upper right back, close to her shoulder. Police said she was treated at the scene by Mayo Clinic ambulance and transported with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said that someone matching the description of Galvan was running on Highway 52 South in the northbound lanes toward 12th Street SW. Police said officers went there but did not find the suspect. An officer thought the suspect was Galvan because of his history with law enforcement.

Police said Galvan, who is homeless, had 16 incidents with law enforcement this year, as well as 10 last year.

The victim was shown a picture of Galvan and confirmed that it was him.

At 3:17 p.m. an Olmsted County deputy located Galvan on the 600 Block of Memorial Parkway SW and arrested him there. Police said Galvan had long scissors in his waistband, about five to six inches long.

Galvan was taken into custody. At the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, he told authorities “that was totally wrong of me and that’s fine.”

Galvan could be facing second and fifth-degree assault charges, as well as disorderly conduct charges.


Byron Tollefson

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