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1:04 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Man Charged In Albuquerque Church Stabbing Attack

Credit Mugshot: Lawrence Capener

  An Albuquerque man has been formally charged with stabbing several members of the choir at Sunday Mass.

Authorities say 24-year-old Lawrence Capener was booked late Sunday on three counts of aggravated battery. The Albuquerque resident was ordered held on $75,000 bail.

Police say worshippers screamed as Capener stabbed several people just as Mass was ending at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church. Authorities say he continued the onslaught until he was tackled and held by church members until officers arrived.

It was not immediately known what sparked the bizarre attack at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass on the city's west side.

Four parishioners were injured and were listed in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

Court records do not list an attorney for Capener.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.