At least four people were hurt during a bizarre incident in an Albuquerque church Sunday morning, when a man jumped out of the pews and stabbed the lead choir singer.
According to police and witnesses, others were injured while attempting to subdue the man, but no one was fatally wounded. The incident occurred shortly after communion at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church.
Police identified the suspect as 24-year-old Lawrence Capener and told the Los Angeles Times that he is currently being held for questioning. He will be charged with multiple felonies.
Witnesses recounted the bizarre series of events which led to the stabbings, starting with Vanessa Lucero. Lucero says she was sitting right behind the man, who "was kind of twitchy, sketchy looking. He had a tattoo of an upside-down star on his wrist."
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Another parishioner, Reyes Stinson, 18, said that Capener leaped from where he was sitting in the pews and headed straight towards the lead choir singer and stabbed him.
"While that was going on, people were just panicking. It was scary, you wouldn’t think something like that would happen in church," Stinson said.
Lucero said that when he was subdued, he kept repeating, “You don’t know about the Masons.”
The choir singer sustained stab wounds to the left arm, according to police.