Police arrest, ID man charged in Montezuma student attack
Posted at: 09/26/2012 12:55 PM
| Updated at: 09/26/2012 5:30 PM
By: KOB.com staff
Police have arrested and charged the man suspected of attacking an Albuquerque elementary school student as she waited for the bus early Wednesday.
Police said Victor Anaya, 47, has been arrested and will be charged with robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and child abuse in connection with the attack.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 was there Wednesday just before noon as police took Anaya into custody.
He is accused of approaching a group of students early Wednesday as they waited for their school bus at a stop near LaFayette and Comanche NE. Montezuma is located at 3100 Indian School NE.
According to the children, an adult male stopped his car and demanded the kids give him their backpacks.
After they resisted, he pulled out a pocketknife and started cutting the straps of one backpack on a girl.
During that process the girl was injured with the knife - but the cut was minor and did not require a paramedic transport.
When the students got to their school they reported it to the school nurse and she called police.
Police took Anaya into custody later Wednesday at his apartment nearby.
As he was being put in the police car, KOB reporter Chris Ramirez asked Anaya if he committed the crime.
KOB: "Sir, did you cut that little girl?"
Anaya: "No, I didn't cut any girl. I was laying down watching TV."
KOB also talked to a woman who said she saw the whole event with the children unfold.
"I reacted," said Heather Mosely. "I asked him if he was the one who had done it and see if he would apologize and he screamed at me like a crazy person."
Anaya now faces aggravated battery, robbery and child abuse charges.