Man with knife attacks Occupy N.M. protesters

Last Updated 10:39 p.m. ET

Albuquerque police subdued a 48-year-old man who lunged with a knife at a group of protesters gathered Friday evening near the University of New Mexico in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

About 100 people were in the area when Miguel Aguirre - described by police as a homeless man who also was drunk - pulled out a knife and attempted to stab several protesters. No one was injured.

Police said protesters felt threatened when Aguirre held a knife with a 6- to 8-inch blade and asked, "Who wants to be first?"

CBS Affiliate KRQE reports police had to resort to using a Taser gun on the man when he refused to follow their instructions.


KRQE reports Aguirre (left) claimed he has a personal connection to UNM and was just trying to protect it from the protesters camping out there, according to police. He told investigators that he had been on a drinking binge and that he felt protesters had no right to be on university property.

He told police he didn't remember pulling a knife on protesters.

Police said Aguirre will be charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon, refusing to obey a police and other charges.

It's unclear whether Aguirre has an attorney. He was in police custody Friday night.

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In other developments:

Chicago: Members of the anti-Wall Street group Occupy Chicago have reached Grant Park in their attempt to make the area the permanent home for their movement.

Protesters led a slow march from Chicago's financial district Saturday, taking more than 45 minutes to reach the park. Along the way, police on horses blocked marchers from walking on the street on Michigan Avenue, leaving them with just the sidewalks to occupy.

Police now say about 1,500 people are gathered for the protest.

A city ordinance prevents the Occupy Chicago group from camping outside the Federal Reserve Bank. Organizers say they want to make Grant Park the movement's home, but they lack permits.

Police arrested 175 people in the park last weekend after protesters set up tents at Grant Park past its public hours.

Oakland, Calif.: Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters defiantly remained at their campsite outside Oakland's City Hall early Saturday, despite a city order to vacate.

As the 10 p.m. time of the city's ultimatum passed Friday night, Occupy Oakland demonstrators showed no signs of departing as music blasted from the plaza. More protesters arrived with tents as midnight approached.

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New York City: A 24-year-old Canadian was taken into police custody after he scaled a 40-foot-tall steel sculpture near the Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York City. Dylan Spoelstra of Toronto climbed up into the reddish orange structure at about 6 a.m. Saturday near Zuccotti Park, and said he wasn't coming down until Mayor Michael Bloomberg resigned.

Police negotiated with him for more than two hours before he voluntarily came down at about 9:15 a.m. Officials said he was to be taken to a city hospital for a psychiatric evaluation; it's not clear whether he will face criminal charges.

A number of demonstrators expressed displeasure over the stunt, saying it was an unfortunate distraction.

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Seattle, Wash.: Police said a man affiliated with the Occupy Seattle protests was arrested Saturday morning when he stood in front of a patrol car and refused to move. Officers booked him for obstructing.

On Friday evening officers arrested a 39-year-old man for writing graffiti with chalk on the walls of Westlake Park. He was booked into county jail for property damage. Police have made more than 50 arrests since protesters moved into Westlake at the start of the month.

Demonstrators march in Frankfurt, Germany on Saturday, October 22, 2011, as part of "Occupy Frankfurt" ("Besetzt Frankfurt"). AP/Martin Oeser/dapd

Frankfurt, Germany: About 4,000 people took to the streets in Frankfurt Saturday to protest the banks' dominance in what is continental Europe's financial hub, police said. Police spokeswoman Isabell Neumann said the Occupy Frankfurt protesters marched peacefully through the city.

Organizers of the protest - which is inspired by New York's Occupy Wall Street movement - said turnout was about 6,000.

Some protesters have been camping out in front of the European Central Bank's office tower in Frankfurt since a demonstration of around 5,000 there last week. Several hundred protesters criticizing banks and capitalism as a whole also took to the streets in Berlin, where about 4,000 had turned out last Saturday.