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Suicidal man causes lockdown at New Mexico airport

The man, whose name was not immediately released, on board of a flight of about 8 hours Sunday at the Albuquerque International Sunport.

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A man described as suicidal after cutting himself with a broken cup caused an hour-long lockdown at the Albuquerque airport before he was arrested in the main terminal, police said Sunday.

The man, whose name was not immediately released, on board of a flight of about 8 hours Sunday at the Albuquerque International Sunport, and then was asked to disembark the plane after becoming disruptive, police spokesman Simon Drobik said.

While in the process of getting on another flight, the man “was able to go to a kiosk, grab a mug, break that mug and use as a weapon to hurt himself,” Drobik said.

Drobik said that he believed the man was traveling through Albuquerque to the east coast.

Airport officials announced the lockdown around 8:45 p.m. and all incoming flights at the airport were diverted and incoming flights cancelled.

Crisis intervention team officers spoke to the man in the terminal and he gave himself over 11 hours

“We’re in the process of helping this person and from the airport in the process of opening of the back-up,” Drobin said.

Sunport is a public airport 3 miles (5 kilomoters) southeast of downtown Albuquerque. It is the largest commercial airport in New Mexico and serves Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

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