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ROCHESTER, Minn. — A 24-year-old woman suffered stab wounds in a seemingly random attack Tuesday as she led a group of children from a park to a nearby school.

The incident happened about 3 p.m. near Folwell Elementary School in southwest Rochester. A man, later apprehended by police, crossed a street, approached and attacked the group, including the woman and a "small number" of children.

The woman, who is not a Rochester Public Schools staff member, protected the children and took the brunt of the assault. She was stabbed one time in the back with an undetermined object.

The woman told police she saw the attacker walking on the other side of the street acting strangely.

The suspect later crossed the street to follow the woman and children. The woman put herself between the man and the children. That’s when the man came up behind her and stabbed her.

Folwell school was under lockdown for about 20 minutes while police searched for the suspect.

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David Daniel Galvan, 28, who fled on foot, was arrested about 3:15 p.m. without incident. Officers found a pair of long, pointed scissors in his waistband. The woman positively identified him as her attacker.

Galvan is being held at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center, and will likely be arraigned on Thursday.

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