Suspect arrested in fatal southwest Albuquerque stabbing

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Deputies have taken a suspect into custody in connection with a deadly stabbing Tuesday night.

According to a criminal complaint, 50-year-old Michael Gardner went to collect a $14 unpaid debt from a woman near Coors and Bridge.

Deputies say when the two started arguing a man identified as Michael Vialpando intervened. That’s when deputies say Gardner stabbed Vialpando.

Gardner was on probation for several felonies including assault on a peace officer when the incident happened. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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