Authorities have identified the man arrested at the Atlanta airport as Elias Abuelazam, 33, who is wanted on a charge of assault with intent to murder in connection with 20 stabbings in three states.
The stabbings occurred in Michigan, Virginia and Ohio, and five of those attacked died.
A judge in Flint, Michigan, issued the arrest warrant.
Abuelazam was trying to board a flight to Israel when he was taken into custody Wednesday night in Atlanta, police said Thursday.
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