UBER-BIZARRE: Man Stabbed Parishioners During Sunday Mass Because He Believed Choir Director Was ‘Part Of A Group Of Freemasons Who Are Involved In A Large-Scale Conspiracy,’ Albuquerque Police Say

Lawrence Capener: Source: Al Police.

Lawrence Capener: Source: Albuquerque Police.

Sunday Mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church was the site of multiple attacks by a knife-wielding man who believed the choir director was “part of a group of Freemasons who are involved in a large-scale conspiracy,” the Albuquerque Police Department said.

Lawrence Capener, 24, was arrested on three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Police said he carried out a “brutal attack” on the choir director, identified as 48-year-old Adam Alvarez. At least two other churchgoers were stabbed, including choir member Gerald Madrid, 53, and Greg Aragon, 43.

Madrid “tried to stop the attack by wrapping his arms around Capener” and was stabbed “five times in the back,” police said.

“Witnesses say that as the final song of the church service began, Capener leapt from his seat, jumped over the pews and charged Alvarez with a knife,” police said.

Aragon is an off-duty Albuquerque firefighter who intervened with other parishioners to stop the attack. Also wounded was Michael Tungate, a 37-year-old churchgoer, police said. They added that Capener waved his knife “wildly” during a “massive struggle” involving multiple worshipers to disarm him.

Police credited off-duty public-safety personnel who were attending the Mass with preventing the already-violent attack from becoming even more bloody. Among the churchgoers who intervened were Charles Metzler Jr., an FBI special agent; Chris Maestas, a Rio Rancho police officer; Gilbert Flores, a sergeant with the Department of Corrections; and Daren DeAguero, an off-duty Albuquerque police officer who managed to get Capener handcuffed with cuffs provided by Maestas.

“The quick action by the parishioners and numerous off-duty public safety personnel clearly prevented a major tragedy,” Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said.  “We are grateful for the vigilance and bravery of those who undoubtedly put their lives at risk.”

From a statement by police (italics added):

Capener was interviewed by APD Northwest Impact Detectives Sunday evening and told them that he intended to attack Adam Alvarez because he believes Alvarez is part of a group of Freemasons who are involved in a large-scale conspiracy.

As Capener received medical treatment for the cut on his hand, he told medical staff that the Freemasons have tapped into the radio waves of the church’s microphones to send out their message.  Capener stated that the devil was sending a message through the microphone whenever Alvarez sang or spoke. He said that he had been attending church at St. Jude’s for the past three months and on Sunday he “had enough” and had to take action.

Capener admitted to vandalizing the Masonic Lodge, 1420 Barbara Loop SE, Rio Rancho, NM.  Capener vandalized the Masonic Lodge within hours prior to the church attack.  Capener still had spray paint on his hands when he was taken into custody.  The Rio Rancho Police Department is investigating the vandalism.

Separately, the Associated Press reported that Capener told police that he was “99 percent sure Alvarez was a mason” and that he thought Alvarez was involved in a conspiracy.

“He told the investigator that Masons are a group involved ‘in a conspiracy that is far more reaching than I could or would believe,'” the news agency reported.

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  1. Oh, you want bizarre? Here’s a case referenced by David Eisenstein’d law office… from a Texas Court of Appeals in 2008

    Jay Gould Clark was convicted of murdering his wife, after attending a MLM meeting in 2008. Somehow he had convinced himself that his wife needs an exorcism, so he got home, wait in his office until 1055PM, went to bedroom where wife’s already in bed, then started chanting. His wife ran off to the reetroom to call 911, he chased her down, took away the phone, interrupting the 911 call, then raped and smothered her on the bathroom floor. He claimed he was possessed by a Cherokee witch doctor at the time. After his wife’s dead, he put a white sheet over her and pour grape juice on her body.


  2. Slightly off topic, but it contains conspiracy theories.

    Yahoo News via the Christian Science Monitor has this story:
    Ron Paul slams Boston police. Has he gone too far?

    Ron Paul is a favourite of sovereign citizens, gold-bugs, libertarians, ponzi supporters and other fruit cakes. The Southern Poverty Law Center also gets a mention.