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Va. attacks may be linked to serial killer

Police in Leesburg are investigating a possible link between three recent unprovoked attacks in the city and a serial killer in Michigan.

The assailant is white, and in nearly all the cases the victims are black, prompting concerns the attacks may be racially motivated. Leesburg Police said a vehicle in which the attacker fled after one of the Virginia attacks — a dark green Chevrolet Blazer or GMC Jimmy that has two large grapefruit size dents in the hood — matches the description of a vehicle Michigan police believe the attacker may have used there.

A composite sketch of the suspect. (Courtesy of Michigan State Police)

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Leesburg Police Chief Joseph R. Price said he is confident the attacker in his town is the same as the Michigan assailant.

Police in both states announces the possible link Monday and are asking for help from anyone who may have spotted an SUV that matches the description. Investigators and officials have been in close touch throughout the weekend.

"We have been in contact with the Flint division of the Michigan State Police looking into possible connections between the cases," said Leesburg Police Capt. Clagett Moxley.
The Leesburg cases include one attack with a hammer and two stabbings, all of which occurred this month.

In Michigan, police say they believe one man has killed five people and wounded eight others in the Flint area since May. The victims have been attacked while alone outside at night. All but one of the 13 victims there is black. Two of the three Virginia victims are black and the third is a dark-skinned Hispanic man. None of the Leesburg victims has died.

The most recent Leesburg attack occurred Friday night when a 19-year-old Hispanic man was struck with a hammer by a stranger, police said. The attacker fled in the dark-green SUV, and the victim was treated at a local hospital.

About 9:30 p.m. Aug. 3, a 15-year-old boy was stabbed near East Market and Plaza St. SE. His attacker was a white man with a stocky build who wore a baseball cap. The vehicle he fled in was described as a green mini van with a white stripe.

Then, on Aug. 5, just after 6 a.m., a 67-year-old man was stabbed, police said. In that case, the attacker fled in what was described as a dark Chevy station wagon.

Anyone with information about the attacks is asked to call Leesburg Police at 703-771-4500. Callers who want to remain anonymous can call 703-443-TIPS

-- Maria Glod

(This post has been updated.)

By Washington Post editors  |  August 9, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Loudoun , Maria Glod  
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Posted by: demtse | August 9, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: demtse | August 9, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

checkered1, DwightCollins, and waterfrontproperty, where are you?

Posted by: ceefer66 | August 9, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Why do we immediately see 'racially' linked? We don't see that when it is a white victim ?Wait for the investigation! Headlines like that provoke more racial discord among the intellectually challenged.Was the terror on the Metro racially linked?? Of course not it was just thugs!

Posted by: gorgeous2 | August 9, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Omar Thornton/ racist mass murderer not a bigger story in the WAPO??!!!

Posted by: wj03412000 | August 9, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I agree with demise...why isn't this being treated like an Andrew Cunnanon story? This murderer is killing at will in different states. Oh, maybe the victims are famous enough. This article as like an "oh, by the way" second thought. I won't say the obvious. Maybe you should.

Posted by: skinfreak | August 9, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

@gorgeous2 - where in the headline is racial motivation mentioned?

Posted by: funkey | August 9, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Would the crime be less heinious if the victims were all white or if the suspect was black and the victims all black? The implications seem that if the murders were not racially motivated some would be unconcerned.

Posted by: SSTK34 | August 9, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

As a Flint, Michigan resident fear has gripped both of these communities. Why he is doing is a prime clue for this case. Finding this man should be everyones priority no matter what race you are. After reading this article, it makes me wonder what other information the Michigan State Police has not told us. Very little information has been given in the past couple of days when this story broke. Virginia residents, be thankful that you have a dedicated police force looking out for your welfare because they don't here. I say this due to the fact that this man has been stabbing men in the Flint area since May and we are just hearing about it. Stay safe.

Posted by: happyfinder0901 | August 9, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

If this was a black man stabbing innocent whites, this would be a whole'nother "animal". Not much has changed in the good ole US of A.

"All but one of the 13 victims there is black."

I'm supposing the one victim that wasn't black was some other minority, so nobody cares.

Posted by: massmedia77 | August 9, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Please note that Leesburg is a town, not a city.

Posted by: johnxfranklin | August 9, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

BULL!! I knew this was racially motivated when they tried to down play the common link of all of the victims. We are not fools, we know what's in the air, we've been smelling it for a while. Now it's time to protect self, don't be a victim, start carrying.

Posted by: Jvivianm | August 9, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Shocking that I haven't seen not one "thug" comment yet....

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 9, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Seriously creepy. Hope they catch him before he hurts anyone else.

Posted by: HappyArmyWife | August 9, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

WAPO and every news media across the country will report senseless crimes committed by a rapper example (Ice Tea got arrest for driving under a suspended license) and make the story national headline news but for some reason (I say race the white folks will mount up and say no racism exist) this story was not deem newsworthy while it was unfolding and WAPO make this piece as to say by the way in todays news we may have a serial killer on our hand targeting blacks.

BUT YOU NOTICE WAPO sensationalize the alledge (70) people brawl on the metro this weekend. And by the way anyone with a little intell would no 70 people were not involved those darn white folk inflated the numbers.

Posted by: B4DarkDC | August 9, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

You can blame right-wing "talk radio" for this.

Posted by: Dawny_Chambers | August 9, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@B4DarkDC - quick get some more tinfoil for your head before the radio waves from the satellites get you!

Posted by: funkey | August 9, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: CalmTruth | August 9, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Lets hope he moves from Leesburg to DC!

Posted by: nuke41 | August 9, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse


That is wrong. This guy attacked a 15 year old boy and a 67 year old man. With a hammer and a knife!

Your comments are repulsive.

Posted by: bushido11 | August 9, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse


"If this was a black man stabbing innocent whites, this would be a whole'nother "animal". Not much has changed in the good ole US of A."


How right you are!

If it were a black man stabbing white people, everyone would be wondering what those evil white racists had done to deserve being stabbed.

Posted by: pmendez | August 9, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse


the guy is a psycho not a thug. know the difference

Posted by: slim4 | August 9, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"BUT YOU NOTICE WAPO sensationalize the alledge (70) people brawl on the metro this weekend. And by the way anyone with a little intell would no 70 people were not involved those darn white folk inflated the numbers."

First, it's know, not no. Second you're correct, It was more then 70 people. My eyes are all the intel I need. My vision was/is 20/20.

Posted by: JDB1 | August 9, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Please note that Leesburg is a Cesspool, not a town or a city!

Posted by: TheChampishere | August 9, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad that at the very least they have a composite sketch and a description of the vehicle. Catch this lunatic...and quick.

Posted by: bigisle | August 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This piece of garbage needs to be caught before he causes more grief from bereaved families.

Posted by: stinkyliberals | August 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Lets hope he moves from Leesburg to DC!

Posted by: nuke41
Let's hope in an unrelated story, you choke to death on all the bile you got stored in that cheeto fat body of yours and are found a week later with rats eating your face off. Since we are wishing for awful things to happen, a-hole....

Posted by: LABC | August 9, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

In the DMV area HE is likely to get his a$$ lit up the moment he steps out of that GMC.

Posted by: nojunk4me | August 9, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This is somehow Obama's fault.

Posted by: laugh_riot | August 9, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this coward would come into the neighborhoods in DC that are heavily populated with Black residents. A hammer and a knife would surely put him at a disadvantage. He has been attacking lone individuals - he is clearly a coward. Bring your act into areas where you have multiple targets and you will become a target.

Posted by: SPUD2 | August 9, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Could we maybe direct or urge this person towards New York? Wall Street? Perhaps a Goldman Sachs or Chase board meeting?

Posted by: gce1356 | August 9, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

METRO should hire him as a transit cop.

Posted by: slim2 | August 9, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh look at all the mouth breathers trying to equate all non-liberals with this thug.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | August 9, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks God nobody blamed this on Obama yet.

Posted by: Jim110 | August 9, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

LMAO @ "This is somehow Obama's fault."

Posted by: Vasqi | August 9, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else think this could be linked to Vanessa Pham?

Posted by: lioaonl | August 9, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

If he really does look anything like that sketch furnished by the Michigan State Police, then he was a genius to go to Lesburg,VA. Every white man in Leesburg matches that description.

Posted by: Vasqi | August 9, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

So the white intern who was stabbed in Chinatown last week by the black woman who yelled racial words was not a hate crime but this is.

The riot on the Metro over the weekend involving over 70 blacks who attacked some white passengers is not a hate crime but this is.

Posted by: MKadyman | August 9, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Well technically, it's not a crime to hate white people. Used to be, but the law was repealed by white people who actually spent time in the company of other white people after slavery was abolished... it was unbearable, so legislators decided that henceforth there should be open season on white people, in an attempt to keep the population under control. Besides, all the money was distributed among the white population, so by reducing the numbers, the surviving white people were actually increasing their own personal share...

it makes perfect sense if you just think it through. ;)

Posted by: Vasqi | August 9, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Just one look at the sketch and you know who the culprit is....The Edge from U2.

Times must be hard for those who are not named Bono.

Posted by: TakingAChillPill | August 9, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

don't worry we'll get him we have guns here in the south no need for a trial.
I am out looking for him now. I don't particularly care for white or black people most black people just want welfare and white people are mean, cold, friendless and smell like wet chickens. Gotta love America. We'll string him up as soon as possible we got the death penalty here.

Posted by: jmfaruki | August 9, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

The article said, "...the victims are black, prompting concerns the attacks may be racially motivated."

Well, doesn't that make a certain amount of sense? Aren't you the same people who think profiling Muslims at the airport is a reasonable thing to do? The cops are trying to catch a killer and racism is a possible motive. Are the cops supposed to ignore that?

You guys are just ever-so-slightly defensive, you know!

Posted by: rbmurals | August 9, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Comments about the WaPo coverage are legitimate. I really wonder if the DC media is too self-centered and incestuous. It is too closed of a community. Ignore this yet hang on every utterance of Palin, who doesn't deserve the attention and offers nothing to the dialogue, or obsessed with the Salahis and other insider stuff. Most of us care about the world, but not the DC media. The yellow press is alive and well in this town.

Posted by: clarkesq | August 9, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Finally, something good in the news.

Posted by: NPagliuca | August 9, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

My apologies, that post was meant for another story.

Posted by: NPagliuca | August 9, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Once he is caught or killed, it will be one less Palin or Romney voter in 2012.

Posted by: jabreal00 | August 9, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Definitely a tweaker....

Posted by: fleeciewool | August 9, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Death penalty, anyone?

Oh, wait: Virginia has a death penalty! This guy has a date with a needle.

But not if he killed in DC or MD. Taking black lives is apparently cheaper there.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | August 9, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse


actually, since this guy appears to be a racist bigot, I'd think he was an Obama voter...but, I still hope they catch him. People like this disgust me. Why go around attacking any human being like he has is insane.

Posted by: mikeb14 | August 9, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

this guy is not well

Posted by: kiler616 | August 9, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Yet some freakin' liberal will stand outside the prison on the night of his execution with a lit candle.

Freakin' morons is what they are.

Posted by: john_bruckner | August 9, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

The reasons it is rational to think these crimes are racially motivated are:

• Most crimes are intraracial, and

• The probability of most or all victims being black or dark-skinned in these areas with predominantly white demographics is too low to be feasible. The suspect would not attack so many black victims by chance.

White supremacist Matt Hale incited one of his followers to go on a similar killing spree targeting men of color some years ago. All victims were black, Hispanic or Asian.

Posted by: query0 | August 10, 2010 4:42 AM | Report abuse

America is like a house, and a house divided will not stand. I am really surprised that this nation has been as fortunate as it has been. The history of this nation sucks. OVER THREE HUNDRED AMERICAN INDIANS were destroyed so that Europeans could move in like locust. People have been SLAUGHTERED like pigs for their own lands and resources. SLAVES were used for FREE LABOR. the WHOLE PLANET HAS BEEN LOOTED BY Europeans, and quite a few of you thinks this is being intelligent,superior, and right. JUST LOOK at the facts of HISTORY and SEE THE BLOOD SHED, THE CARNAGE, THE HUMAN SUFFERING, suffering your nation has caused. Hitler was just one person and a part of the same process that is going on today. Why condemn him, and then do worse? That tea party is just a new name for an old movement. So, if you managed to destroy and kill off all the original people from around the world, the animals, the Eco systems, etc. Then what is the back up plan? Start with the planets and stars? I think you should lay down your weapons before its to late and try to make right all the above wrongs. For every action, there is a equal and opposite reaction. Undo what you have did and stories like the above will die. PEACE!!!

Posted by: junegift16 | August 11, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

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