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Police: NM man in church stabbing vandalized Masonic lodge hours before attack

  • A cross and flowers are left outside Monday, April 29, 2013 by a parishioner at the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church in Albuquerque a day after a man stabbed several churchgoers Sunday as Mass was ending. Police say four parishioners were injured, including church choir director Adam Alvarez, but none have life-threatening injuries. Lawrence Capener, 24, is charged with three counts of aggravated battery and is being held on $75,000 bail. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)The Associated Press

  • An Albuquerque Police officer walks behind the tape at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, Sunday April 28, 2013, in Albuquerque, N.M., the scene of a multiple stabbing at the conclusion of morning services. Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Sunday mass was nearing its end. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Dean Hanson)The Associated Press

Police say a man charged with stabbing three people at an Albuquerque Catholic church because he thought a choir leader was a Mason vandalized a Masonic lodge hours before his attack.

Authorities say Lawrence Capener told police that he tagged the Sandoval No. 76 Masonic Lodge in Rio Rancho with spray paint on Sunday. Police found red and blue spray paint on signs, outside walls and a door. Investigators say he also left the message, "I hope you guess who I am."

Police say Capener attacked a choir leader at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church at the end of Sunday Mass services. At least two others were stabbed in the attack.

He is charged with aggravated battery and is being held on $250,000 bail. No attorney is listed for Capener.