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Man accused of stabbing on Albuquerque train also had gun

March 21, 2022 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of stabbing two people and injuring a third on a commuter rail train in Albuquerque also had a gun at the time.

New Mexico State Police found the handgun in 33-year-old Luis Sanchez’s backpack when he was arrested Saturday, according to a criminal complaint.

Sanchez was due in court Monday for his first appearance on charges of aggravated battery, possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. A message was left for his public defender.

Rail Runner officials said Sanchez got into an argument with another male passenger as the train traveled between stations. He allegedly stabbed that passenger in the back and lower abdomen.

As security attempted to step in, police said Sanchez stabbed a female security guard in the neck. He then slashed an elderly woman on her shoulder, according to the complaint.

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Authorities said Sanchez then fled down the tracks before he was arrested. He dropped the backpack with the gun while running.

The three victims were taken to the hospital. Two of them underwent surgery. Their conditions were not immediately known Monday. Sanchez was also treated at a hospital for lacerations on his hands.

The complaint states Sanchez tried twice to grab an officer’s weapon during a police interview.

Court records show Sanchez’s criminal history also includes other instances of resisting arrest as well as drug possession, driving while intoxicated and residential burglary.