ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 27-year-old man is being held at the county jail after police said he spontaneously stabbed and choked a man who was cleaning a vacant apartment at a complex in Southeast Albuquerque.
Police said two men were cleaning the apartment Thursday when a man, later identified as Stephen McCorkle, walked in and accused the men of insulting him. He then promised to return.
He came back five minutes later, armed with a knife, and placed one of the cleaners in a headlock before stabbing him repeatedly, according to a criminal complaint filed Saturday in Metropolitan Court.
The alleged victim’s coworker tried to pry McCorkle off him, but he failed. That’s when the coworker ran from the apartment out of fear of being attacked.
The alleged victim told police that he was able to escape McCorkle’s headlock and jumped out of a two-story window, possibly breaking his arm. He sustained stab wounds to his face and neck area, left armpit and right arm, according to the complaint.
His coworker drove him to the hospital.
Police later found McCorkle on the 5500 block of Zune SE. They discovered a knife in his front pocket that had blood on it, and he had blood drops on his shoes and sweat pants, police said.
The alleged victim identified McCorkle through a photo array. McCorkle, when questioned, did not provide any possible motive for the alleged attack, according to the complaint, and instead asked to make a phone call.
McCorkle is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center.