Conspiracy theory sparked church stabbing

| April 29, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Albuquerque police said that off-duty officers played a vital role in stopping a rampage in a northwest Albuquerque church on Sunday.

Police said on Sunday afternoon, Lawrence Capener, 24, leaped from his seat, jumped over pews and charged the St. Jude Church choir director, Adam Alvarez. Witnesses said Capener was yelling "fake preacher" as he stabbed choir members.

Capener stabbed Alvarez repeatedly in the back and arm, according to police. Choir member Gerald Madrid was stabbed five times in the back as he tried to shield Alvarez.

Carpener told police that he attacked the choir director because he believed Alvarez was part of a group of Freemasons involved in a large-scale conspiracy.

Police said Carpener told them the Freemasons tapped into the radio waves of the church's microphones to send out their message. He also said the devil was sending a message through the microphone whenever the choir director sang or spoke.

Police said the attack was stopped by churchgoers who worked together to jump onto Carpener and disarm him. Two others, Michael Tungate and Greg Aragon, were cut by Capener's knife during the massive struggle.

Albuquerque police Officer Daren DeAguero was able to handcuff Capener. FBI Special Agent Charles Metzler Jr., 53, Rio Rancho police Officer Chris Maestas, 34, and Department of Correction Sgt. Gilbert Flores, 53, were also among the church members who stopped the attack.


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