Suspect in apartment stabbing faces judge

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Looks like the suspect in a brutal stabbing at an Albuquerque apartment complex will have a tough time bonding out of jail, and residents are relieved.

The suspect who appeared in court Saturday is one of their neighbors and the victim is a maintenance man at the apartment complex.

What seems to have started as an exchanging of words quickly turned violent.

Police say the maintenance man was stabbed five times on his neck, face and body.

It happened Thursday at the Warren Sandia Apartments near Louisiana just north of Gibson.

A criminal complaint says Stephen McCorkle, who was living in the building, went twice to a nearby apartment where the victim was working. The second time, he had a knife.

Police say McCorkle grabbed the victim by his head and began stabbing him over and over.

That’s when the victim jumped out of his second-story window, perhaps breaking his arm.

Police say McCorkle then took off and witnesses say he went north up Louisiana.

They showed the victim and an apartment employee McCorkle’s picture and that’s how he was identified.

He was spotted shortly after near Zuni and San Mateo – bloody knife in hand – and was arrested.

He made his first appearance in court Saturday morning.

“I do believe, Mr. McCorkle, that you are a danger to the community. I will set your bond $350,000 cash or surety,” said Judge Daniel Ramczyk of Metro Court.

“I’m just glad it ain’t me and I don’t wanna be next, ya know,” said neighbor James Tanyhill. “I see a lot of people walk up and down these streets every day.”

McCorkle is facing charges including attempted murder and aggravated burglary. He’s been in his fair share of trouble in the past including three felony arrests along with one conviction on top of handful of misdemeanors.

No word on how the victim is doing. Police say he had to undergo surgery for his multiple stab wounds.

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