Witnesses: Man in Halloween mask stabs heroic Houston student at bus stop

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by LARRY SEWARD and KHOU.com staff

KHOU 11 News Houston

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

HOUSTON—A 14-year-old student was stabbed at a Houston school bus stop early Thursday when he tried to help a classmate who was allegedly being attacked by a masked man, police said.

The incident occurred on the corner of Bentworth Drive at Waldemar Drive around 6:45 a.m., according to the Houston Police Department.

Witnesses told WFAA sister station KHOU 11 News about 40 kids were waiting to go to Westside High School and a nearby elementary school. The attacker, wearing a Halloween mask, showed up and tried to grab a female student by her waist.

"He tried to slam her on her head, but he slammed her on her back," said Anthony Dent, a witness. "And he picked her up by her hair and tried to drag her across the street."

The school bus pulled up about that time and the driver began honking the horn.

A freshman boy, who is new to the school, then intervened and fought off the attacker.

"Everybody was screaming, ‘He has a knife,’ and then everybody just separated and started running into the apartments," said Amari King, a Westside freshman.

According to witnesses, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the boy who stepped in to try and help.

"Everybody was running, and so he protected the girl, so the guy turned back and stabbed him in his arm," said the boy’s father. "I thank him for protecting the young lady who was about to be taken."

According to the dad, the wounded student was treated at a hospital for a minor stab wound and released. No other students were injured.

"Definitely a brave young man who did this. He really put himself in harm’s way and, we think, might have saved his classmate from who knows what," said HISD spokesperson Jason Spencer.

The victim told police the masked man was her uncle.

He fled the scene, but later turned himself in to HISD police. It’s not clear why he allegedly attacked the girl.

Police were still questioning the unidentified suspect at last check.

HISD notified parents of the attack a short time later by automated phone call and e-mail:

"This is an important message from the Houston Independent School District. This morning, a 14-year-old Westside High School student was injured by an adult male with a knife at a bus stop. The student is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Houston police are investigating the case and a suspect has been identified. The bus stop where this incident happened is located at the corner of Waldemar and Bentworth. We are taking steps to further ensure the safety of students who are served by this bus stop, including added police presence for the near future. Please know that the safety of your students is our top priority. Again, this has been an important message from the Houston Independent School District."

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