The man police in three states think is responsible for stabbing as many as 18 black men has been arrested in Atlanta.
A suspected serial killer captured at Hartsfield Jackson airport has been identified as 33-year-old Elias Abuelazam. Newspaper reports confirmed Abuelazam was a suspect in 20 stabbings in three states by checking court records.
Abuelazam is believed to be the man who was arrested, with an expired Israeli passport, about to board a Delta Air Lines flight to Tel Aviv Wednesday night.
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A tip lead police to a store in Flint Michigan where Abuelazam worked.
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Police in Virginia now admit that they had arrested Abuelazam a week ago. Leesburg Police Chief Joseph Price says Abuelazam was picked up by police last Thursday in Arlington but was released.
Police are also exploring the possibility Abuelazam may have killed a Leesburg resident last year. He is expected to be extradited to Michigan in the next few days.