Cops: Bicycle Rider Randomly Stabbed 11 in Albuquerque

Suspect arrested, and 2 people are in critical condition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 14, 2022 10:25 AM CST
Cops: 11 People Randomly Stabbed in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Police officers talk with bystanders after multiple people were stabbed near Central and Wyoming NE on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022.   (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Police in Albuquerque arrested a man suspected of stabbing 11 people as he rode a bicycle around the city over the weekend, leaving two victims critically injured, authorities said. He was identified as 42-year-old Tobias Gutierrez and booked into jail overnight on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, police in New Mexico's largest city said Monday, per the AP. The attacks "appear to be random," said police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos. "There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason at this point." The victims were taken to several different hospitals, and while two suffered critical injuries, all of those hospitalized were in stable condition. Some were treated and released.

The first stabbing report came in Sunday around 11:15am. Officers responded to a scene downtown and found a man suffering a laceration to his hand. Then, a few miles east near the University of New Mexico, police received another call about a person who was stabbed in the arm by a man on a bike armed with a large knife. A third stabbing occurred in front of an apartment building about 1pm, and a man was also stabbed nearby in the neck in a fourth incident, police said. Police said another call came about a suspect trying to stab customers at a convenience store. Officers arrived and found "multiple stabbing victims." Additional calls came in about two more stabbings.

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