August 12th, 2010
02:46 PM ET

Israeli identified as man held in stabbings probe

CNN Wire Staff

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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.

Two sources said the man is an Israeli citizen who is in the United States legally. A federal law enforcement official involved in the investigation said the man was traveling on an expired Israeli passport.

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  1. sjobe

    This guy is a serial killer, not a stabber. 5 people are dead. He intended on killing his victims.

    August 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm |