Occupy New Mexico gets hairy as a Man with knife attacks Occupy protesters

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.

via (CBS/AP)


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