Monday, April 29, 2013

4 stabbed at church update: Lawrence Capener, 24, arrest in N.M. church stabbing

4 stabbed at church update: Lawrence Capener, 24, arrest in N.M. church stabbing, Four people were stabbed at a church and 24-year-old Lawrence Capener has been identified by Albuquerque police as a suspect in the stabbing. “On Sunday afternoon, police identified the suspect as Lawrence Capener, 24. ‘He is currently being interviewed and will be facing numerous felony charges’," said Albuquerque Police Department spokeswoman Tasia Martinez according to a Los Angeles Times news update on April 28, 2013.

The suspect in the New Mexico church stabbing, 24-year-old Lawrence Capener, is not a parishioner of the Albuquerque church and police are still investigating as to what might have been Lawrence Capener’s motive for stabbing four innocent people.

According to police, none of the four victims appear to have life-threatening injuries. In the video report, one of the stabbing victims who helped subdue the attacker and got stabbed four times in his back talks to reporters about the church stabbing incident from his hospital bed.

On Sunday morning, shortly after communion at the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Albuquerque, a man, who was originally reported to be in his late teens or early 20s, climbed over the pews, punched the church choir’s lead singer, and then repeatedly stabbed the singer.

One church member reported that the man "was kind of twitchy, sketchy looking. He had a tattoo of an upside-down star on his wrist" and that he was saying “False preacher!”

Despite the ensuing panic in the church, some church members were able to subdue the attacker during which more church members might have been stabbed.

Father John C. Daniel told the Los Angeles Times in a in a brief phone interview that it appeared that everyone was going to be fine. The lead singer of the choir had stab wounds on his left arm and his jacket was “torn to pieces.”

When police arrived at the church, the suspect was taken into custody. In response to some older church ladies telling him “God bless you, forgive yourself,” the suspect reportedly said, “You don’t know about the Masons.”

None of the church members had seen the man before and it is unclear why he stabbed four innocent people at the church.

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