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A man riding a BMX bicycle randomly stabbed eleven people on Sunday evening in Albuquerque, said New Mexico police.
The alleged stabbing spree lasted over three hours on Sunday morning and was spread across numerous locations including a McDonald’s fast food restaurant and a Circle-K convenience store.
Two of the victims were critically injured, including one that was stabbed in the neck.
Police were called to a scene of the first stabbing at 11:15 a.m. They were called to other stabbing locations including a homeless encampment, an apartment building, and a smoke shop near the University of New Mexico.
A witness at the smoke shop told police the man started yelling obscenities before swinging the knife.
Albuquerque police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos told reporters that police believed there was no connection between the victims and the suspect.
“There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason” to his attacks, said Gallegos.
“The severity of the wounds range from superficial to critical,” Gallegos added. “Some people have left the hospital, some have been admitted to the hospital.”
Police arrested 42-year-old Tobias Gutierrez for the alleged crimes. They said that Gutierrez was dumping something into a garbage can when they approached him. They later recovered a large knife.
Gallegos said Gutierrez was taken into custody without any use of force and he complied with police officers.
Gutierrez has a long history of criminal convictions. He was released from federal prison in 2020 over charges related to his entering a casino near Albuquerque with a revolver and ammunition.
He had also been previously convicted for burglary, battery, and possession of a controlled substance. He was charged with several counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
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