ALBOOKER, NM – Police in Albuquerque have arrested a man suspected of stabbing 11 people while riding a bicycle around the city last weekend, resulting in two serious injuries, authorities said.
The suspect was identified as Tobias Gutierrez, a 42-year-old man with a criminal history that includes felony counts ranging from burglary to beatings and possession of a controlled substance.
Police in New Mexico’s largest city said in a statement Monday. The booking documents state that he is homeless.
The knife strikes seemed to have been committed randomly for several hours on Central Avenue, one of the city’s main thoroughfares. According to the criminal case, there was a homeless camp at one of the crime scenes, and at another – near a smoking shop, where the suspect asked the victim for money and shouted obscenely before brandishing a knife.
“There seems to be no rhyme or reason for the attacks,” said police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos.
There was no immediate information as to whether Gutierrez had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
New Mexico court records show that Gutierrez has also been charged for years with drug possession and driving under the influence of alcohol.
In 2014, Gutierrez did not appear in court for driving without a license, according to records. He responded to the court with a handwritten note stating that he was in custody in another county and that he was making efforts to improve himself while in custody.
His federal imprisonment stems from a case he entered a tribal casino north of Albuquerque with a revolver and ammunition.
Authorities said Gutierrez got into an argument with a casino security guard, dropped his revolver, got into a vehicle and led police in a chase through the suburbs until he crashed and was found hiding.
Records show he was released from federal arrest in 2020.
Records also show that in September last year, police called his mother twice for a domestic quarrel, including one in which he was accused of stabbing her husband. No charges were filed.
Sunday’s attacks began around 11:15 a.m. when officers drove to a crime scene downtown and found a man’s cut wounds on his arm. About an hour later, another call came in about stab wounds near a smoking store near the University of New Mexico a couple of miles away.
Police were called to two more stab wounds along Central Avenue over the next two hours before another call was received at 2pm about a man trying to stab people near a store. Arriving officers found two victims with neck injuries.
Over the next 20 minutes, two more calls were received – and the last – a victim slaughtered near a restaurant on another busy street less than a mile away.
Witnesses identified the man on a bicycle armed with a large knife. Some described the man behaving strangely and said he was upset.
According to the criminal case, the officer saw the suspect matching the description and saw him throw something in the trash before the officer stopped the suspect. A search warrant was issued and a knife was found.
The victims were taken to various hospitals. While two were seriously injured, all were hospitalized in stable condition, police said. Some with injuries were treated and released.
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