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Monday April 29, 2013

UPDATE:  Albuquerque Church Stabbing Assailant in Custody, Formally Charged

UPDATE:  Albuquerque Church Stabbing Assailant in Custody, Formally Charged

Photo: St. Judas Thaddeus, New Mexico

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Albuquerque police have arrested 24-year-old Lawrence Capener for the multiple stabbing incident at the St. Judas Thaddeus Church yesterday afternoon.

Capener allegedly without apparent provocation starting stabbing choir members around 12:15 p.m. after leaping from his pew and yelling out “Fake Preacher!” 

Capener was tackled by church members but not before four individuals were stabbed with non-life threatening injuries.  Capener has been formally charged this morning with three counts of aggravated battery and according to AP is being held in jail on a $75,000 bond.

This mega-church of the Albuquerque Archdiocese was recently expanded to accommodate 1,200 churchgoers.  Albuquerque’s west side has seen a lot of growth and population diversity over the last several years.  Archbishop of Sante Fe Michael Sheehan reports that on average 4,000 parishioners attend Sunday mass at St. Judas Thaddeus.