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Police believe Abu Elazam may be behind 20 attacks beginning in May. Five of the victims died from their wounds.
After inspecting court records the Flint Journal newspaper in Michigan today identified the suspect in 20 stabbings in three states as Elias Abuelazam.
Police were led to the 33-year-old Michigan man by a tip from the public and confirmed his identity using surveillance video from a Flint, MI, party store when Abuelazam had worked. He was last at the store Aug. 1, one day before the first of three stabbings in Leesburg, according to reports.
The suspect was identified in a warrant issued this morning for assault with intent to murder in one of the 16 Michigan stabbing cases, according to the newspaper.
The warrant gives Abu Elazam Bradenton, FL, address.
Leesburg Police this morning said the stabbing suspect has ties to the Leesburg community.
The Flint Journal is reporting that Abu Elazam is a former Leesburg resident, married his former wife in Leesburg and that his sister is a Leesburg resident.
Leesburg Police have acknowledged only that a “person of interest” in the local attacks is in custody. Department spokesman Chris Jones said that no warrants have been issued for the Virginia cases.