Albuquerque police arrest man accused of threatening shoppers with machete

machete suspect

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Roads near Lomas and San Pedro are reopen Wednesday night after police say a man was threatening grocery store shoppers with a machete.

Albuquerque Police have identified the man as 48-year-old Steve Leewright.

They say they were dispatched to the Smith’s at 6001 Lomas NE around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday night in response to a man threatening customers with a machete.

While in route, police say they were notified that Leewright had gotten into an altercation after stealing items from the Circle K across the street.

When they arrived, they say Leewright ran away to a backyard on Arizona Street.

“Officers arrived on scene and observed him jump in the backyard of a house on Arizona Street. We set up a perimeter around the house and even bigger perimeter around the block,” said Officer Tanner Tixier.

A K-9 Unit found Leewright hiding in bushes. That’s where they found the machete as well.

One witness says she was scared after he motioned he was going to cut her throat. Witnesses say the suspect tried to run from police.

Leewright was taken to the hospital with dog bite injuries.

Once he is booked into MDC, police say he will be charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 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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