Three people were stabbed in Downtown Albuquerque and another person was stabbed further west on Central on Sunday afternoon in an apparent random act of violence, a police spokesman said.
A male suspect was taken into custody, Gilbert Gallegos, a police spokesman, said Sunday evening. Police identified a suspect, in part, because he was wearing a distinct “Heisenberg hat,” Gallegos said. Walter White’s character in the show “Breaking Bad” was known to don a pork pie hat when using his Heisenberg alias.
At least some of the victims were treated at a local hospital. Some of their injuries were serious, but Gallegos said they are all expected to survive.
As of Sunday evening, police had not released the name of the man they took into custody.
Gallegos said police started to receive reports of several stabbings in the Downtown area at about 2 p.m., though the exact locations of assaults wasn’t known.
A woman who appeared to be homeless was sitting in a car near the train station and was stabbed in the neck, he said.
A 16-year-old boy was also seriously injured in a stabbing and police made contact with him near 5th and Central, though it’s not known where the stabbing took place. There was also a report of a stabbing near Interstate 40 and First Street. All of the incidents were reported to police in a short time frame, Gallegos said.
Later Sunday afternoon, a man was stabbed in the face outside the Golden Pride restaurant near the 5200 block of Central NW.
The suspect’s distinct apparel helped police hone in on him as he moved about the city. Gallegos said it’s likely that the man took a bus from Downtown to west Central. He said investigators were reviewing footage from video cameras inside city buses.
“One of the telltale signs of the suspect … was that he was wearing a hat on his head and they describe it as a Heisenberg hat, like Walter White from ‘Breaking Bad,'” Gallegos said. “So the officers actually located a man with that hat, that’s what tipped them off. They approached this individual and located a knife on him that also fit the description of what the victims had described.”
The knife appeared to be a kitchen knife with a serrated blade, Gallegos said.
The man was taken into custody near Coors and Central shortly after the fourth stabbing. It wasn’t immediately clear what charges he could face.
“It seems like he was just picking victims at random,” Gallegos said. “No rhyme or reason. But a lot of violence, a lot of injuries.”
In February, a man named Tobias Gutierrez, 42, was arrested in connection with a stabbing spree that started on Central outside of Sister Bar and continued east across the city. At least 11 people were injured before police arrested that suspect. According to court records, Gutierrez is still at the Metropolitan Detention Center and is being detained until trial.