Protesters with Occupy Albuquerque demonstrating outside the University of new Mexico were attacked by a man with a knife Friday evening, Oct. 21, 2011. (KRQE)
Albuquerque police subdued a 48-year-old man who lunged with a knife at a group of protesters gathered Friday evening near the University of New Mexico in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
About 100 people were in the area when Miguel Aguirre – described by police as a homeless man who also was drunk – pulled out a knife and attempted to stab several protesters. No one was injured.
Police said protesters felt threatened when Aguirre held a knife with a 6- to 8-inch blade and asked, “Who wants to be first?”
CBS Affiliate KRQE reports police had to resort to using a Taser gun on the man when he refused to follow their instructions.
KRQE reports Aguirre (right) claimed he has a personal connection to UNM and was just trying to protect it from the protesters camping out there, according to police. He told investigators that he had been on a drinking binge and that he felt protesters had no right to be on university property.
He told police he didn’t remember pulling a knife on protesters.
Police said Aguirre will be charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon, refusing to obey a police and other charges.
It’s unclear whether Aguirre has an attorney. He was in police custody Friday night.