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A man is in custody in connection with a stabbing spree Sunday that started in Downtown, stretched across the city, and left 11 people injured.
No one was killed but at least two people were in critical condition after the attacks, according to Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman.
APD on Monday morning identified the man as Tobias Gutierrez, 42. He was booked into the Metro Detention Center overnight on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Gallegos said that around 11 a.m. Sunday a person was stabbed outside of Sister Bar on Central in Downtown, which was apparently the first in the series of stabbings, most of which took place along Central.
All told, police said they are investigating seven scenes where people were stabbed in apparently random attacks. One of the scenes was a homeless encampment.
“There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason,” Gallegos said during a news conference Sunday evening.
Police took the man into custody near Lomas and Wyoming NE. The man had a knife near him at the time he was arrested, Gallegos said.
In the first stabbing, outside of Sister Bar, a man suffered a cut to the hand.
“The offender was reported to be riding a small BMX bike, and armed with a large knife,” Gallegos said in an email.
Just after noon, a caller reported that a person had been stabbed in the arm near Central and Yale. And at about 1 p.m., police received a call reporting that a man had been attacked on the sidewalk in front of the Sundowner Apartments on Central near San Pedro.
At 1:54 p.m., a man was reportedly stabbed in the neck close to Central and Pennsylvania, and minutes later, a caller reported an offender was trying to stab customers at the Circle K near Central and Wyoming.
“Officers showed up immediately and discovered multiple stabbing victims,” Gallegos said.
Around the same time, a stabbing was reported near Central and Vermont.
“Another victim was stabbed by an offender on a bike in the area of (Wyoming and Domingo NE) outside of a restaurant,” Gallegos said.
Gallegos said the victims’ injuries ranged from superficial wounds to more serious injuries. Several people were taken to four different hospitals, he said, and all were reported to be in stable condition by Sunday evening.
Rob, who didn’t want to give his last name, said he was held up by the suspect near Wyoming and Central, shortly before the man was taken into custody.
“He was talking crazy, he was angry about something,” said Rob, who wasn’t hurt. “As soon as he dropped the bike he pulled his blade out.”
Journal assistant city editor Katy Barnitz contributed to this story.