Alleged serial stabber to return to Mich.
Former Northern Virginia resident Elias Abuelazam will be extradited Thursday to Michigan, where he is a suspect in a series of random stabbings, five fatal, according to authorities.
Abuelazam, 33, an Israeli citizen, also is suspected in unprovoked attacks in Leesburg and Toledo. The four victims in Virginia and Ohio survived.
Michigan State Police said Abuelazam, 33, who was arrested earlier this month in Georgia as he prepared to board a flight to Tel Aviv, is to appear in a Michigan court at 3 p.m. for arraignment. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton is scheduled to hold a press conference after the hearing.
The attacks began in Michigan in May. Authorities said the assailant approached men who were alone and often asked for directions or help with a car. Then he stabbed or slashed them without warning.
Abuelazam has been charged in one stabbing in Michigan, but authorities there said they think he fatally stabbed five men in the Flint area and slashed nine others. Leesburg police said he stabbed two men there and attacked a third with a hammer. He also is suspected of stabbing a man outside a Toledo church.
Sixteen of the victims were black, one was a dark-skinned Hispanic man and one was white. Leesburg police said they think the attacks there were racially motivated.
-- Maria Glod
| August 26, 2010; 8:55 AM ET
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